Building in 2008, courtesy of las.photographs

Color me skeptical on this one. The Feast is reporting that a restaurant/lounge from the people of Local 16 will open in the long vacant building at the corner of 14th and U in late January. The owner, Aman Ayoubi, has confirmed this information. The concept doesn’t have a name as of yet.

However, I’ve not seen much work on the building and kind of doubt it will be ready to open in a month or so. According to the owners, the building will feature a restaurant and lounge on the second and third floors. There will also be a  basement club, very similar to Eighteenth Street Lounge,  that will open in March. And if that weren’t enough: a roof deck will open in the spring.

Sommer Mathis of TBD reports that the January meeting of ANC 1B had some more information about the concept, albeit a year old. Another partner for the restaurant, Doug Whipple, categorized the place as “a very relaxed steak house, one that people could afford to go to and had very good food: good burgers, good steaks, good sides… They are planning for 139 seats. There will be a small summer garden on the third floor with a roof that can be opened over it.”

Policy's downstairs bar

Policy's downstairs bar

I stopped by Policy last night for a drink before heading to St. Ex for some crazy dancing. My companion and I were only able to get to the first floor bar/restaurant area as the upstairs had a private party that we weren’t cool enough to be on the list for. I understand that’s where the more loungey area is, and as we overheard, where all of the “hot girls” are. U street girl and her companion were a little offended by this, but we let it roll off our shoulders. The vibe, of at least the downstairs of the place, is a little more mature, I’m in my early 20s and I definitely felt a little young. The crowd tended towards the older 20s/early 30s, downstairs. The service at the bar was rather quick though, as you can tell in this photo, the bar was pretty crowded.

Libertinis at Policy

Libertinis at Policy

We ordered Libertinis, which had pineapple juice, champagne, and other ingredients that were forgotten after a night of dancing at St. Ex, clearly there was something red in there by looking at that photo. Can’t remember what, but they were good. The specialty cocktails ran $10, which was pretty reasonable in my mind. Also, I realized I went to college and knew the event coordinator, Kevin Murray, at Policy. Does that  make me feel cool? I don’t know, but I figured out it wouldn’t help me with getting to the second floor lounge by saying I had a few English classes and went to a few parties with Kevin, and could describe what he looked like. So no thoughts on upstairs, sadly.