One of my favorite new additions to the Capitol Hill restaurant scene is Beuchert’s Saloon, located at 623 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The building used to be owned by John Ignatius Beuchert, a German immigrant and prominent Capitol Hill businessman. He opened Beuchert’s Saloon in 1880 and his son reportedly ran the Saloon through Prohibition as a speakeasy “behind such fronts as a Singer sewing machine store and a gramophone shop,” according to the website. The owners of the new Beuchert’s Saloon pieced together the history by working with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and researching at the Library of Congress.
This piece of Hill history was recreated by Acqua Al 2 partner Nathan Berger, August Paro, and PS7′s bartender Brendan McMahon. The website explains that “In resurrecting this neighborhood mainstay, the new owners have gone to great lengths to maintain the incredible history of the building, handling most of the build-out themselves. Partner and designer August Paro meticulously recreated period-appropriate fixtures and finishes, inspired by the amazing history of this long-standing Capitol Hill establishment.” They did a fantastic job giving the space authentic look and feel that fits in perfectly with the historic feel of Capitol Hill.
Now long after opening, they started serving brunch, and have been experimenting with the menu to offer seasonal options that can really stand out among the countless brunch options around the Hill. After a few visits, I can definitely say theirs is one of my favorite brunches on the Hill. It doesn’t hurt that they offer bottomless mimosas for $12 to accompany the 1920’s music playing in the background. Yes, the atmosphere really does offer a lot.
From oxtail gravy and biscuits to French toast to the “breakfast sammie” with pork, cheese and a friend egg, their menu offers a tasty selection. I would definitely recommend an order of the beignets, which were really good, the French toast if you want something a little sweet. If you want something more meat-heavy or savory, there are plenty of options that are likely to satisfy. I don’t think any of my tastes of everyone’s plates disappointed.
And if you are around in the evenings, be sure to swing by for cocktails and their dinner menu. Jon at The Hill is Home reviewed it and loved it as much as I did.