When the nautical-themed Orange Anchor opens in Georgetown's Washington Harbour complex in August, the yachtsmen and women of D.C. won't even have to disembark in order to grab a bite: The restaurant plans to offer dockside delivery service to vessels parked along the boardwalk.
"That's basically just for me," joked boat owner and restaurateur Reese Gardner. But Gardner, who also owns Shirlington's Copperwood Tavern and Dupont's Irish Whiskey, won't have much time for boating when the new restaurant opens in August.
"That's the spirit that we want to bring to the waterfront. We want that yacht-inspired atmosphere," Gardner said.
The restaurant, which will open in the former Cabanas space, will feature seafood, such as crab fritters and poached lobster claws. Gardner considered offering steamed Maryland crabs, but decided they were "a little too sloppy for the venue," so he'll be serving crab legs instead.
Naturally, Orange Anchor will have a nautical decor scheme. Gardner says his spare bedroom is currently full of buoys, dock lines and anchors.
As for the drinks, beverage director Boris Stojkovic is planning a menu focused on rare rums, including a vintage Sailor Jerry. True to the restaurant's name, many of the drinks will feature oranges in juice or zest form: these sailors are in no danger of scurvy. Orange rum infusions and five signature orange-inspired drinks are also in the works.
"Everybody loves Orange Crushes," said Gardner. "It's such an outdoorsy, fun cocktail."
Orange Anchor, 3050 K Street NW. 202-590-0153.