Rose’s Luxury prepares for Oct. 2 opening on Barracks Row

On Monday, drills were still whirring at Rose's Luxury, chef and owner Aaron Silverman's eclectic American restaurant on Barracks Row. A steady stream of deliveries and contractors poured in, and a handsome, hip-looking staff camped out at the tables for training in the nuances of the menu. Wood and furniture and boxes were stacked up in nearly every corner.

Silverman, a Wootton High School grad whose resume is burnished by stints at New York's Momofuku Noodle Bar and modernist Portuguese outpost Aldea, as well as Virginia's own 2941, will have a few miracles to perform in the coming days. On Oct. 2, a mere week from today, Rose's Luxury will open at 717 8th St. SE, welcoming diners into a raw, beachy 54-seat space decorated as an antiques shop.

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The still-under construction "courtyard" of Rose's Luxury, which will open Oct. 1 on Barrack's Row. (Photo by Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

The still-under construction "courtyard" of Rose's Luxury, which will open Oct. 1 on Barrack's Row. (Photo by Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

What is "eclectic American"? It's not a cooking style you can quite pin down: The menu, composed of smaller dishes ranging from $11 to $13, and family-style large portions between $24 and $27, features a Portuguese-inspired pork and lychee salad, Vietnamese pate like that which might grace a banh mi sandwich, an aerated soup that tastes remarkably like popcorn. It's adventurous, globe-hopping. "We're trying to do anything that's awesome," Silverman says. "There really aren't any rules. What is American? American is a mix of everything." Vegetarians should flock here: The menu clearly marks meat-free dishes. (Trust me: I've tried several during one of Rose's many pop-ups, and they're delicious.)

As for the design of the restaurant: "I let the space dictate what it was going to be," says Silverman, who hired an architect, but not a design firm to transform Rose's. "I had a vision for each room based on the building." White, Silverman's favorite color (or lack thereof), is splashed liberally across the restaurant, while touches of seafoam green create even more of a vintage feel.  In some rooms, Silverman left walls rough and unpainted, like something you'd see in a bombed out old building. In others, he hung luxe chandeliers. The dishes, too, have a hand-picked feel -- a peek into the kitchen reveals everything from little copper serving dishes to gold-rimmed China to pristine white bowls. The gleaming chrome kitchen is open, with eight creamy deco stools in front, with a prime view of the action. It's a beautiful effect, and will remind some of Frederick de Pue's Table in Shaw. In the back is the indoor "courtyard," where greenery hangs and pansies bloom in a bathtub garden. Upstairs, find a 10-seat bar with a counter of eye-popping green onyx, and a roof deck, which will seat about eight, that will have diners mingling next to the restaurant's herb and flower garden.

Check out a handful of photos inside Rose's. (Note: The space was still very much under construction during our visit.) Then take a look at the menu, below. For details, visit the restaurant's Web site here.

Flowers and greens grace the "courtyard" at Rose's Luxury, opening in Barracks Row on Oct. 1. (Photo by Lavanya Ramanathan)

Flowers and greens grace the "courtyard" at Rose's Luxury. (Photo by Lavanya Ramanathan)

The still-under construction second floor bar at Rose's Luxury, which will open Oct. 1 on Barrack's Row. (Photo by Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

The  second-floor bar as it gets its final touches.

 

Lighting fixtures (this one plucked from U Streets Good Wood) were selected by chef/owner Aaron Sivlerman for his   Rose's Luxury, which will open Oct. 1 on Barrack's Row. (Photo by Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

Lighting fixtures (this one plucked from U Streets GoodWood) were selected by chef/owner Aaron Silverman for the restaurant, along with almost everything else, from the art to the quirky dishes.

Rose's Luxury's menu. (Courtesy of Rose's Luxury)

Rose's Luxury's menu. (Courtesy of Rose's Luxury)

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