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Spike Gjerde opens first D.C. restaurants

Chef Spike Gjerde, owner of Woodberry Kitchen, has opened his first restaurants in Washington, D.C.
Chef Spike Gjerde, owner of Woodberry Kitchen, has opened his first restaurants in Washington, D.C. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Spike Gjerde’s coffee shop and bar inside the Line Hotel in Washington, D.C., opened their doors quietly this week, marking the celebrated chef’s first eateries in the nation’s capital.

The Cup We All Race 4, the coffee shop, and A Rake’s Bar, opened Wednesday in the Adams Morgan hotel. Gjerde’s main restaurant in the hotel, A Rake’s Progress, is slated to open in late January.

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Spike Gjerde's bar, restaurant and coffee shop in the forthcoming Line hotel in Washington, D.C., have names.

The Cup We All Race 4 features coffees by Counter Culture Coffee, herbal teas, pressed juices, sandwiches and pastries. The shop is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Gjerde, a James Beard Award winner, owns Baltimore’s Foodshed restaurant group, which encompasses Woodberry Kitchen, Parts & Labor, Artifact Coffee and Bird in Hand.

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A Rake’s Bar, led by Corey Polyoka, serves local spirits and beers from D.C., as well as Maryland ciders. It will also offer a raw bar and lounge menu. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, A Rake’s Bar will host “Golden Hour” with a limited menu previewing options from A Rake’s Progress until the full restaurant opens.

D.C. chef Erik Bruner-Yang also debuted his restaurant, dubbed Brothers and Sisters, in the Line Hotel. Another Bruner-Yang restaurant, Spoken English, is set to open in the hotel in January.

The restaurants were originally slated to open in November 2016, but their openings were delayed.

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