1905 Opens Thursday

The Shaw neighborhood will welcome a new bistro Thursday night when 1905 opens on Ninth Street NW.

I got a peek inside the new space last week. The restaurant is located on the second floor of the building that once housed the wine shop Grape Legs. The decor makes the place feel comfortably worn-in, from the gold pressed tin ceiling to the aged copper bar and exposed brick. Large ornate mirrors line the walls, and a communal table runs through the center of the 60-seat dining room.

The team behind 1905 includes Phil Rodriguez and Joey Belcher of Sticky Rice and Mick Mier and Joe Steger, the
design duo responsible for Science Club, Napoleon and Sesto Senso.

The menu is French-inspired, but Rodriguez stresses that the place shouldn't be strictly defined that way. Diners will find dishes such as grilled merguez sausage with polenta and piquillo pepper, a ham and Gruyère croque monsieur on buttered brioche with English mustard, pan roasted gnocchi with duck confit, and cinnamon spiced beignets for dessert.

Entree prices range from $8 for a burger with red onion marmalade, gouda and steak fries to $22 for a grilled sirloin.

1905 Ninth St. NW
Open for dinner at 5 p.m., seven days a week

Photo courtesy 1905