This post has been updated.
Grilled cheese by day, wine and cheese by night: These are the plans for GCDC, a new cheese-themed restaurant coming in early February to 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The restaurant's kitchen will be led by co-owner Steven Klores, who has developed the menu of soups, sandwiches and salads, with a cheese program from Sophie Slesinger, a Bethesda native whose New York cheesemongering landed her on Zagat's 30-under-30 list.
Expect fancy grilled cheeses with premium ingredients, like lobster, gouda and chives, manchego, red peppers and chorizo, or turkey pesto. Philosophical question: How many other ingredients can you add to a grilled cheese before it is no longer a grilled cheese, and is instead a lobster or turkey sandwich? Inquiring minds want to know. On the side, you can get soup (the tomato soup will be dairy-free), salads, and tater tots topped with, of course, cheese.
GCDC also aims to become a happy hour spot, with wine and cheese plates available after work. Beer and seasonal cocktails will also be on the menu, and in warmer weather, a 16-seat patio will accommodate guests. Eventually, they also plan to offer brunch.
In the meantime, our list of D.C.'s best grilled cheese will tide you over.
GCDC, 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Opening early February.