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A Brand New Look at 801

Enjoy summer vibes all year at Shaw’s 801 Restaurant and Bar at 801 Florida Ave. NW. With three levels to choose from, the newly renovated space provides the perfect backdrop for a date night, weekend brunch or rooftop party.

Partner Eric Heidenberger is a native Washingtonian who grew up working in his family’s restaurant business. The group now operates six eateries in DC, including Shaw’s Tavern, The Bottom Line, and several others in Delaware.

After originally opening in 2016, the space underwent its second major renovation earlier this year. It reopened in March with the “same beachy vibe” that the neighborhood knows and loves.

The first two floors serve as dining room space, while the third level rooftop bar provides expansive views of Shaw in a tropical setting with music, food and drinks. “It’s always fun,” Heidenberger said. “We play tropical music and people have a good time and enjoy good drinks.”

In addition to the renovated space, the food and cocktail menus have also been revamped. While preserving fan favorites, diners can enjoy a variety of new island-inspired selections including fajitas, jambalaya pasta, fish tacos and more.

The cocktail menu features several new specialty drinks, including Crush cocktails in a variety of flavors, frozen drinks served in real coconuts and a rubber ducky cocktail served inside a miniature bathtub, complete with a small rubber duck souvenir. Brunch menus include bottomless cocktails and mimosas.

Heidenberger credits DC’s “close knit” community for 801’s success and expressed gratitude to the neighborhood for its ongoing support. The restaurant has events throughout the year to raise money for local charities and nonprofits.

“The community gives so much to its operators and restaurants, and we like to do the same,” Heidenberger explained. “We’ve just been very grateful to be in DC for 40 plus years.”

801 Restaurant and Bar is open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Visit 801dc.com to learn more.

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

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