This post has been updated.
Opening on Monday, Aug. 19, the new Ted's Bulletin on 14th Street is shaping up to be a super-sized version of the original. When the comfort-food restaurant opens later this month, guests will recognize a lot of what they love on Barracks Row -- the Art Deco design, the projected old movies, the boozy milkshakes and, of course, the homemade pop-tarts.
One of the biggest new additions? Doughnuts. Pastry chef Rebecca Albright will be making both cake and yeast doughnuts, and plans to have fun with the toppings, incorporating seasonal ingredients. Too bad Ted's is opening too late to be a contender in our doughnut challenge -- we'll have to see how her creations stack up to the doughnuts at Astro, the winner. They'll be available every day beginning at 7 a.m., along with other breakfast options like muffins and eggs, either for carry-out or to dine in.
In a subtler change, the new Ted's provides a separate kitchen for the bakery, which will help increase efficiency. Instead of having to compete with the savory orders for space, there will be room to make bigger batches of sweets. This means the kitchen will be able to make even more of those nostalgic, homemade pop-tarts that have attracted a big fan base.
Ted's, at 1818 14th St. NW, will seat 160 -- twice the capacity of the original restaurant, and co-owner Drew Kim says they hope to add outdoor seating at a later date. The bar will be twice as long, and they've added a special four-person chef's counter, where guests can watch the mac-and-cheese magic happen with a kitchen-side perch. Reservations for this space are not mandatory, but they wouldn't hurt. And now that the neighborhood has become a 20-something playground of craft cocktails, Kim points out one thing that will set the restaurant apart from others on the street: Ted's is super kid-friendly.