Update: Poste's patio farewell will take place this Saturday, April 23. The party runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and will feature food and drinks (truffle frites, basil lemontinis) and live music from the David Thong Trio. The popular outdoor space is closing to make way for renovations, which will be incorporated into the restaurant that will eventually replace Poste.
Original post, March 21: Get to the patio at Poste while you can. It, and the rest of the brasserie, will be closing this spring.
Poste Moderne Brasserie first opened in the Hotel Monaco in Penn Quarter in 2002, housed in the former mail sorting room of a 19th-century post office. It became one of D.C.'s favorite outdoor spots, with a courtyard known for its fire pits and garden, the latter most significantly propelled by former chef Rob Weland, who departed the restaurant in 2011 and opened Garrison on Barracks Row last year.
The patio will close April 25, the same day Poste will cease serving weekday lunch. Restaurant service will end May 31.
Chef Kyoo Eom will stay on board. No specific details on the replacement restaurant are currently available. We do, however, know that the outdoor space will get a facelift, which will include a bigger glass atrium to seat more diners.
The Poste closure is just the latest of the changes afoot for Kimpton hotel restaurants around Washington. The brand is preparing to open Radiator, led by former Ardeo + Bardeo chef Jonathan Dearden, in Logan Circle's Mason and Rook Hotel, formerly the Hotel Helix. This spring will also see the debut of Ashlar Restaurant and Bar, a tavern and cocktail bar in Alexandria's Morrison House helmed by chef Bobby Surdam, whose resume includes Blue Duck Tavern and Marcel's.