San Francisco’s Tadich Grill is coming to D.C.

A historic California restaurant has set its sights on becoming a new D.C. power player: The Tadich Grill, the oldest continually-operating restaurant in San Francisco, will be opening a new location on Pennsylvania Avenue early next year. Established in 1849, Tadich is one of the country's oldest restaurants, and has been in operation for 164 years.

Photo by Sarah Stierch via Flickr)
(Photo by Sarah Stierch via Flickr)

The restaurant will open at 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, the former location of TenPenh. It's one of several imports that have opened in the city in the last few years: Carmine's, P.J. Clarke's and Serendipity 3 all came from New York, and the French have given us several outposts of Paul, their bakery chain.

Tadich co-owner Michael Buich is collaborating with ICON Inc., a firm that targets iconic restaurants for expansion to new new markets. ICON CEO Gerard Centioli is also a senior partner of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a Chicago corporation that which owns five restaurants in the D.C. area.

Future Tadich diners can expect a seafood-focused menu. The restaurant plans to "introduce West Coast seafood” to the nation’s capital, Buich told the San Francisco Business Journal. The restaurant's signature item is San Francisco's native cioppino. Anthony Bourdain praised the restaurant's Hangtown Fry -- an oyster-and-bacon omelet -- during an episode of "No Reservations."

According to Forbes, the restaurant has used the same recipe for its rice pudding for more than 100 years. D.C. visitors can also expect a high level of formal service: Servers in San Francisco still wear white coats.

Have any blog readers eaten at the original Tadich Grill in San Francisco? Leave your thoughts and mini-reviews in the comments.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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