9.21.2006

New Restaurant For The Hill

As reported in my Roll Call dining column today (subscription required), a new restaurant is slated to take over the space formerly occupied by Meyhané on Capitol Hill. Aykan Demiroglu, a former Le Paradou manager, plans to open Locanda sometime this fall at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

The new spot will offer a menu of Italian cooking with Mediterranean influences, specifically those from Demiroglu’s native Turkey. The wine list will feature boutique selections from Italy.

Demiroglu plans to completely remodel the space and the kitchen — a smart move considering Meyhané's tired appearance.

In an interview for Roll Call, Demiroglu said he's always been interested in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and its potential for growth. “I want to give great food and wine for a very reasonable price,” he said.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What will happen to Meyhane?

Amanda said...

I believe Meyhane is already closed.

Anonymous said...

Smart move from Aykan. The area really needed a good Italian. I know him from Cities/Adams Morgan before Le Paradou. He's been in the business long enough and knows what he's doing. Can't wait to try his food.

Spiral Stairs said...

Meyhane is definitely closed, although the sign on the window says only that they have closed for summer vacation.

The Sonoma/Mendocino people are supposedly opening an Italian place on the Hill too.

As an area resident, I eagerly await alternatives to Tratorria Alberto on 8th St., which is, well, um, errr.... Momma always said, if you can't say something nice...

monkeyrotica said...

I tried on 3 separate occasions to have lunch at Meyhane. Each time, the waitstaff yelled, "We not open." Well, so long. Hope this new place has better service.

With Restaurant AV folding next year, DC needs as many decent affordable Italian places as it can get.

amelia said...

Look for the opening of Mandu in Dupont!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Manud is Korean.

Anonymous said...

I loved Meyhane's lamb kabobs - not to mention half price wine! Nonetheless, I'm excited for an italian place within walking distance of my house. Oh wait, we have one and its called Sonoma. I expect it will be good food, though. The Hill won't be culinarily complete without a GOOD sushi place. Bring on something better than Sizzling Express. I need my sushi fix!

Anonymous said...

Is Meyhane opening somewhere else?

allan said...

Italian with a Mediterranean influence? That sounds interesting. In addition to the Italian wines, do you know if there will be any Mediterranean wines? That would would be very unique.

Amanda said...

I'm not sure if Meyhane will reopen somewhere else, but I'd doubt it.

Allan: Aykan said he hopes to build his wine list gradually (maybe even adding a cellar if he can find space) and I'm guessing the reach will expand to other regions. Le Paradou has an amazing wine program so he has had experience with one of the city's best. He hopes to keep the prices reasonable too.