Iron Gate (17th & N Street in Dupont), first opened in 1923, and until it closed in 2010, was Washington’s oldest continuously operating restaurant.
Thursday evening, Iron Gate held a celebration to showcase its re-opening under the direction of Executive Chef Anthony Chittum. Chittum and his team previewed several selections from Iron Gate’s newly updated menu, most of which take inspiration from the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinia, and Southern Italy. These small bites included broccoli bruschetta with house ricotta, spit roasted pigs, grilled fennel sausage, and sesame feta with 10 year balsamic and honey.
Guests were able to sip on Rizes’ moschofilero and agiorgitiko Greek wine, sample beers from Italy, and enjoy hand crafted cocktails, like the Alkyon, a compilation of Greek oregano, lemon, grappa, and angostura.
Iron Gate’s ambiance is on par with its delicious menu. A roaring fireplace, an open kitchen, and exposed wood make the rustic main dining area a perfect place to cozy up this winter. Guests can also enjoy a bit of fresh air outside on the picturesque courtyard overhung with ivy and bathed in candle light, or a seat at the bustling entrance bar.