Budding chain Mission’s new Navy Yard location won’t have much much in the way of food this weekend, but customers will be able to fill up on a specialty beer the group developed with local producer DC Brau.
The owners of the homegrown Mexican restaurant are racing to pull together just enough of the multi-story establishment (1221 Van Street SE) to accommodate all the MLB All-Star Week enthusiasts already pouring into town. Co-founders Fritz Brogan and Reed Landry (Mission Dupont Circle, Hawthorne) remain dead set on opening by noon on Saturday, July 14 — even though walls needed painting and furniture was still arriving on Thursday, July 12.
“We’ve been here every night this week,” Brogan says of the ongoing effort.
Still, the duo insists that all four bars — one which claims to be D.C.’s longest — will be fully functioning by Saturday. There’s 16 draft lines at each: 10 for beer, three for wine and prosecco, and three for margaritas and cocktails. One of the beers will be exclusive to the new Mission location: DC Brau’s “Dos” beer, brewed specifically for the new restaurant. There’s also the usual suspects in play, like Dos Equis and Pacifico. Limited food options will also be available.
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.
Design firm Streetsense transformed the two-story space into a mini Mexican village. Expect lots of candle-shaped lights, curved doorways, colorful mosaic tiling, bull skull art, warm brown tones, and sleek cement flooring. Patrons will instantly be reminded of the original Dupont Circle location, thanks to similar string lights hovering over the downstairs bar, as well as Mission’s signature caps lock-lit logo displayed vertically upon entry. Inside, there’s over 8,000 cubic feet of tap lines, as well as 600 feet of wraparound balcony space, and 50 tequilas — ranging from “rare to approachable,” per Brogan. The team went with 18 bathroom stalls — twice as many as code required — to help speed up beer-induced bathroom breaks; the idea is to give pre-gamers an alternative to waiting in long lines at Nationals Park.BACK TO LATEST