Dupont’s James Hoban’s Closing, Gets New Mission

James Hoban’s on the morning of the announcement of its acquisition. Image credit: Kate Michael

If you’re like us, you’ve always wondered how James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant & Bar persevered.  Such a massive location.  Such a long year between St. Patrick’s Day crowds…

But there is news on the Dupont Circle front this morning! Mission Group owners Fritz Brogan and Reed Landry announced their acquisition of James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant & Bar (1 Dupont Circle) from veteran restaurateur Patrick Whelan, who is retiring.

Closing the restaurant for a “multi-million dollar renovation” in mid-July, Brogan and Landry plan to re-open in late 2019 with an entirely new concept, The Admiral. According to a press release, this pays tribute to Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont for whom the circle is named.

“The 8,500 square-foot space will feature three bars, 14 draft lines and 15 big screen televisions.  The 3,000 square-foot outdoor patio, one of the largest in Washington DC, will provide separate dining, lounge and event spaces. The kitchen will be overseen by Mission Group corporate chef Roberto Hernandez and will have a menu of approachable American comfort food.”

Look forward to daily happy hour, bottomless brunch, event spaces with no rental fees, and a weekend late night atmosphere with DJs in Dupont.

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