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Derek Brown to open Eat the Rich … and more?

Derek Brown, carving ice as well as his next bar concepts. (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post) Derek Brown, carving ice as well as his next bar concepts. (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)

Derek Brown’s sherry-and-ham spot has yet to open, but the bar baron already has plans to roll out another concept right next to his soon-to-debut Mockingbird Hill in Shaw. Making good on his motto, "eat better, drink better," Brown is partnering with a principal from Rappahannock Oyster Company, Travis Croxton, to introduce the 67-seat Eat the Rich by August.

Named for the Motörhead song, the future watering hole at 1839 Seventh St. NW is a nod to the days when Washington brimmed with places to slurp oysters. The headlining bivalves will be served by the minimum of a dozen, a practice Brown says will keep the price of the oysters down. The seafood joint will feature “loud tavern music,” “bare bones design” and (trend alert!) cocktails by the pitcher, says its creator.

The site of the bar was first reported by Prince of Petworth.

In addition to Eat the Rich, a meatier third concept is in the works, but Brown is reluctant to share specifics until his partner is signed on. For now, Brown hints that the secret’s signature cocktail will be a martini with Benedictine and its accent will be Southern. Stay tuned.

Weaned on a beige buffet a la “Fargo” in Minnesota, Tom Sietsema is the food critic for The Washington Post. This is his second tour of duty at the Post. Sietsema got his first taste in the ‘80s, when he was hired by his predecessor to answer phones, write some, and test the bulk of the Food section’s recipes. That’s how he learned to clean squid, bake colonial cakes and distinguish between nutmeg and mace.
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