The owner of Fujimar and Barcode is taking over the soon-to-close Hudson in the West End and giving the corner address a fresh identity. Tentatively called The Greenhouse Bistro, the future 180-seat restaurant will merge an Italian bistro with an enclosed herb garden, says restaurateur Masoud Aboughaddareh.
The Greenhouse Bistro is modeled after Segafredo , the small plates-and-cocktails chain in Miami, says Aboughaddareh. His concept in Washington will feature “high-end sandwiches, pizza and pasta” and a dominant square bar as well as a “big, big brunch” and hours pitched at night owls: Thursday through Saturday, the restaurateur wants to be open from lunch to 5 a.m.
Aboughaddareh plans to gut Hudson and keep only its pizza oven. Next on his to-do list: hire a chef, a pastry chef and someone to bake fresh bread throughout the day for those sandwiches. The Greenhouse Bistro is expected to open by February.
As for Hudson, which goes dark Sept. 29, owner Alan Popovsky says he’s not closing the restaurant for economic reasons, but because “we’re focusing all our efforts on the presidential restaurants we’re doing.” The original, Lincoln downtown, may be replicated in Philadelphia. Here in the District, the 9,000 square foot Teddy & The Bully Bar , is expected to open in the former Sam & Harry’s space in early March.