A group of veteran restaurateurs will open a new bar and restaurant in the Singer Building in Mount Rainier.
Erin Edwards and executive chef Jesse Miller from the popular Bar Pilar and Café Saint-Ex restaurants in D.C. and Garrick Lumsden, formerly of Passion Food LLC, have signed on to open the new spot this September.
“We love the close-knit, artistic community that already is thriving in Mount Rainier,” the co-owners said in a statement. “We hope to create a welcoming spot where neighbors can eat, drink and gather throughout the day, and look forward to working side-by-side with other businesses, artists, and residents to create new opportunities in the heart of the neighborhood.”
Built in 1936, the three-story building is being renovated this summer. Other planned tenants include Annie’s Ace Hardware, which already has locations in Brookland and Petworth; and arts incubator ReCreative Spaces.
Bar Pilar and Café Saint-Ex, which is named for the author of “The Little Prince,” are both known as laid-back neighborhood watering holes in the 14th Street Corridor. The new space is across the street from the similarly oriented Bird Kitchen + Cocktails, which should help both restaurants.
Economists have long found that restaurants do better when they are near other restaurants, and the new addition to Mount Rainier should further spur the Route 1 corridor’s growing foodie reputation.