Matchbox Opens Friday

Capitol Hill's new Matchbox follows the same design aesthetic as the Penn Quarter original

Capitol Hill's new Matchbox opens Friday at 5 p.m. Last night, I got a peek inside the Barracks Row restaurant, which was packed for friends and family service.

The look of the space will be familiar to anyone who has eaten at the original location in Penn Quarter, as will the menu, with the same addictive mini burgers on buttery brioche buns and wood-fired pizzas. Soaring ceilings with exposed ductwork and a roomy mezzanine level give the new digs an open and light vibe. One of my favorite features is a barside booth, pictured at right, that sits in a large wooden frame.

The restaurant, housed in a former vending machine warehouse, will open for dinner Friday, with lunch service to follow at a later date. Full weekend brunch service will start Dec. 13. Sunday brunch starts this weekend.

521 Eighth St. SE