If you like casual Italian dining in a soft, relaxing atmosphere, then you’re in for a big treat. M Cafe Bar has closed and retail developer Iraklis Krabassis will replace it with Sette Osteria, the popular neighborhood eatery in Dupont.
Here’s a press release from General Manager Mehdi Zorgani:
WASHINGTON, DC – We are very proud to announce the expansion of our restaurant brand Sette Osteria. The anticipated opening date is slated for Early March 2015 and will occupy the space of former “Mcafe bar” the restaurant will be located at 1634 14th ST NW. Sette Osteria looks forward to providing the neighborhood with an exceptional casual dining experience that will consistently exceed their expectations.
“We are thrilled to be opening Sette Osteria on 14th Street” said restaurateur and founder of IK Retail group Iraklis Karabassis. Karabassis is the creator of such restaurant concepts as Café Milano restaurant, Famoso restaurant , Crepizza restaurant in Georgetown, and Dupont’s popular eatery Sette Osteria. “We decided to expand the brand to 14th street because of the highly dynamic and diverse neighborhood. This area is comprised of families and residents who desire simple and delicious food, in a warm and rustic set up paired with extraordinary service.
Sette Osteria will be showcasing Italian cuisine, specializing in signature house made pastas, and a fabulous pizza. The menu will be steeped in Italian tradition featuring a wide selection of seafood and meats along with a gluten free menu items presented in an approachable and informal setting. Italian born executive chef: Nicola Sanna’s simple, yet authentic cuisine will feature the natural beauty of local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients showcasing the traditional techniques of Italy, that will be the overwhelming inspiration behind Sette Osteria. Menu items range in price from $8 to $28.
The wine program will feature a considerable “by the glass” offering including an eclectic list of specialty wines focused solely on Italian wineries. The cocktail list will spotlight our interpretations of classic Italian inspired libations, while the beer menu will include a few classic Italian selection, Six beers on draft along with an exciting and highly specific craft beer offering. Wines and beers range in price from $6 to $12 by the glass and -$25 to $75 by the bottle)
Karabassis is collaborating with an Italian architect/interior designer to create a cozy cool meets classic row-house dining atmosphere. This will be achieved by incorporating a fresh palette of wood, steal, and warm glass that will envelop the intimate dining room with exposed beams and a polished dark floor. Iron and crystal mixed with distressed metals and a few historic artifacts will pepper the space, ascending a steel and wood staircase to the private dining room, diners can expect to find a warm glowing wall of windows, corrugated metal, and rich upholstery creating a charming industrial feel with cozy semi private booths. The dining experience will be sweet, small, and smart—perfect for a cozy date night or dinner with friends.
Sette Osteria will have a 72 seat dining room and 30 seat private dining room along with a 45 seat patio. The location at 1634 14th St in the Logan circle neighborhood. The restaurant will be open for lunch daily, from 11:30 AM to 4 PM and for dinner daily, from 5 PM to 11 PM. Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Additionally, “Happy Hour” will be available nightly from 5PM to 8PM, Sunday and Monday all night.