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Belly Up To D.C.’s Whopping New 150-Foot Bar This July (Eater)

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On Saturday, July 14, the second outpost of the homegrown Mexican restaurant (1221 Van Street SE) will debut across from Nationals Park with limited food service. But all of its four bars — one which claims to be D.C.’s longest — will be fully operational. The partial opening coincides with other huge sporting events: the opening of D.C. United’s new home, Audi Field, as well as the World Cup finals.

The 10,000-square-foot space, from local restaurateurs Fritz Brogan and Reed Landry (Mission Dupont Circle, Hawthorne) includes 16 draft lines: ten for beer, three for wine and prosecco, and three for margaritas and cocktails. The massive bar on the second level is surrounded by six garage doors that slide open to reveal big outdoor balconies. The main dining room, with its own bar and balconies, also sits on the second floor. A fourth bar sits in the private dining and event space.

During the first week, expect tacos, appetizers, and select entrees. Mission just hired a seasoned Miami chef to lead the kitchen: Roberto Hernandez, who cooked at the now-shuttered Blue Door at the Delano hotel and Barton G restaurants.

Starting Monday, July 23, its full menu — a replica of the one found at the Dupont location — will join the lineup. New additions include Frito pie and chile-spiked short ribs.

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