Bar Pilar will close after this Sunday, Nov. 27, to allow construction work to begin on its long-planned second floor restaurant and bar, including the addition of a staircase in what is now the dining room. The closure will be indefinite, depending on how smoothly construction goes. Management hopes to reopen in time for New Year’s Eve.
The closure is expected to last the rest of the year.
“We’ve already started the [demolition] on the floor above,” says owner Mike Benson. “I was hoping it would only take two weeks, but obviously in D.C., the whole system of doing stuff, with inspections, [the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration] -- it’s like Kafka. Everything gets held up.”
Down the block, the cozy little beer garden Standard announced in an e-mail last night that it’s closing for the season on Dec. 5, and plans to reopen on March 1, 2012. (The bar is currently closed for “Thanksgiving vacation,” but you’ll be able to get your barbecue fix again on Friday.) Standard, which has 16 seats indoors and at least four times as many outside, had outfitted its patio with new heaters for the fall, but it doesn’t seem like that will be enough to fight the winter chill.