In November 2013, the historic Iron Gate re-opened under the direcction of Executive Chef Anthony Chittum. Until its recent closing, the Iron Gate was the District's oldest continuously operating restaurant. Its kitchen and dining room occupy a building that once served as the stables for the townhouse owner, General Nelson Miles, a cavalry officer in the Civil War who later became Secretary of the Army. In 1922, the entire property was purchased by the General Federation of Women's Clubs, which opened the Iron Gate Inn in 1923. The Federation continues to use the townhouse as its international headquarters, and Chef Chittum and his team are honored to be the new stewards of this unique landmark.
The original carriageway houses the bar and a year-round dining space, while the courtyard, overhung with grapevines and a century-old wisteria, features a protective awning allowing for (nearly) all-weather outdoor dining.
A native of Maryland's Eastern Shore, Chef Chittum has earned a reputation not only for his cooking, but also for his commitment to sourcing from an ever-expanding network of local farmers, watermen, and food artisans. Chittum and his team are revitalizing the Iron Gate with a menu that takes inspiration from the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinia, and Southern Italy, interpreting those traditions and techniques through the use of the fines products of the Mid-Atlantic foodshed.
No one can accuse restaurateur Michael Babin and his team of being lazy. Just on the heels of opening Bluejacket and the Arsenal, the Neighborhood Restaurant Group's ambitious brewery/bar/restaurant on the Capitol Riverfront, they're set to debut Iron Gate Restaurant on Tuesday, November 19, and are taking reservations now. The highly anticipated Dupont Circle venture continues the restaurant's legacy in Washington, with the Iron Gate having served guests under multiple owners since 1923.
It's been closed for three years, but the Iron Gate—one of Washington's oldest restaurants—reopens tonight for dinner. It took new owner Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which also owns Bluejacket, Birch & Barley, GBD, and others, a few months longer than expected to restore the shuttered space... The focus is on Italian and Greek fare, says chef Anthony Chittum.
The Iron Gate's shell, along with its signature tucked-away feel, are still there, but much will be changed when the next incarnation of the Dupont Circle restaurant opens its doors next week. For the past 14 months the Neighborhood Restaurant Group has been renovating the space, which used to be the carriage way where guests would arrive. The main dining room is accessible through the patio behind the bar, which is now covered with an awning in addition to the century-old wisteria and grape vines that cover the old Iron Gate's trellis. In the dining room, chef Tony Chittum will offer a choice between a four-course and a six-course tasting menu of Italian and Greek-inspired dishes. He plans to source locally as many products as he can.
Average Price ( Per Person ):Above $60
Alcoholic Beverages:Full Bar
Wheelchair Accessible:Information Not Available
Cuisine:Italian, Eastern Mediterranean, Greek
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