Kevin Tien of Himitsu to Open Emilie’s in Former Frager’s Hardware Space

Critically acclaimed Chef Kevin Tien will be opening a new restaurant, Emilie’s, in the heart of Capitol Hill.

The 3,313 square-foot restaurant will be located at Penn Eleven, formerly Frager’s Hardware, and will open Spring 2019.

“Two years ago, we opened Himitsu,” remarked Tien. “Taking my passion for Japanese cuisine, but pushing the envelope and getting our guests out of their comfort zones was exciting. I’m looking forward to writing the next chapter and sharing my passion with the community on a larger scale and a different service style.”

Emilie’s will have a daily-changing menu focusing on seasonally inspired and local ingredients and will include large plates and a small a la carte menu.

Restaurant veteran Arris Noble and co-owner Sam Shoja will also be on board to extend their knowledge and experience to Emilie’s. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner service and will seat approximately 100 guests inside the dining room and at the bar.

Since opening Himitsu in 2016, the restaurant and Kevin have garnered local and national attention and accolades from all corners of the U.S. including Food & Wine’s Best New Chef for 2018, James Beard Foundation Finalist, Rising Star Chef of the Year 2018, James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist, Rising Star Chef of the Year 2017, Eater’s Best New Restaurant in America 2017, and Bon Appetit’s America’s Best New Restaurants 2017. Kevin recently also appeared on The Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet.

Emilie’s. 1101 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003.

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