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Bar Pilar is Bigger and Better

Executive Chef Justin Bittner and an extensive 25-drink cocktail list by Beverage Director Jonathan Fain bring new flavors to their upstairs dining room.
Executive Chef Justin Bittner and an extensive 25-drink cocktail list by Beverage Director Jonathan Fain bring new flavors to their upstairs dining room.
Executive Chef Justin Bittner and an extensive 25-drink cocktail list by Beverage Director Jonathan Fain bring new flavors to their upstairs dining room.

Washington, DC (May 14, 2012) – If you did not know already, 14th Street Bar Pilar has added a new second floor dining room, doubling its seating availability. So now, Bar Pilar‘s newly expanded menu will be more accessible than ever.

The neighborhood foodie hotspot now boasts 98 seats, with a full dining room upstairs and the popular existing bar downstairs. The restaurant’s goal was to increase seating, and has succeeded.

More room was also needed for Executive Chef Justin Bittner, and a larger kitchen was added to provide more options for diners, depending on their mood. While Bittner’s loved cooking style will not change, the upstairs dining room menu will now offer appetizers, entrées and desserts and their famed small plates. The downstairs menu will remain the same as before the expansion, keeping favorites like the Roasted Pork Shoulder and malt aioli.

New dishes like; Catalan style snails with North Carolina country ham, red wine tomato glace, herb bread crumbs; a crispy skin Suckling Pig with house made apple sauce, black beans, natural jus, or the Roasted pheasant with creamy sherry sauce, poached grapes, wild rice and green beans, will not disappoint.

To complement these new flavors, an extensive 25-drink cocktail list is now available by Beverage Director Jonathan Fain.

The upstairs dining room décor showcases veneer grade cherry wood tabletops from Chef Bittner’s father’s own forest in Pennsylvania, while the floors and other wood come from Amish farms in Maryland and PA. The exposed brick walls pop with three Hemingway-inspired murals painted by artist Beth Ross from West Virginia.

Logan Circle-based firm StudioSmith headed by Bill Smith, is responsible for creating this inviting upstairs space. StudioSmith takes inspiration from modern culture, local history, detailed craftsmanship, and economies of scale, use and budget.

Through smart design and a great menu, Bar Pilar continues to be the place to be on 14th street.

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