Good Neighbors Meet at Lost and Found

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Brian Leonard co-owns Shaw’s Lost and Found Bar. Photo: Rachael Levitin, Courtesy Lost and Found.

With a back door leading to Shaw’s famed Blagden Alley, Lost and Found, 1240 9th St. NW, is known for its specialty cocktails. The establishment is separated into two front and alley bars. Both serve high-end mixed drinks, as well as local and international brews. Be on the lookout for private label whiskeys.

Owners Brian Leonard, Hilarey Leonard and Geoff Dawson are veterans of the hospitality industry. Brian Leonard began as a bartender in college. He was determined to “learn everything he could” about mixology before opening his own establishment. Collaboration with key connoisseurs expanded his repertoire.

“I’m always discussing with customers new things that I’ve found or that they have found,” Leonard explained. “I get tips on new breweries that are opening and we have also become a big place for other people in the industry to hang out.”

Opening among the plethora of restaurants in Blagden Alley proved a challenge. How would Lost and Found stand out from its neighbors? Leonard decided his venture would be a “neighborhood bar.” Offering only a limited snack menu, the bar encourages patrons to order take out from its nearby neighboring full-service establishments. The pizza from nearby All Purpose, Leonard said, is particularly popular fare.

Lost and Found is open Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., Saturday, 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Every Monday, join neighbors and test your knowledge at the weekly trivia night at 8 p.m. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit lostandfounddc.com for more information.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.