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Bar Spero

Bar Spero

Located between Union Station and Chinatown in D.C.’s East End, Bar Spero is the latest concept from chef Johnny Spero.

What the Bar Spero website does not tell you is that chef Spero opened this new venue one month after his restaurant Reverie burned down.

The Robb Report states, “Not only did he lose his newly Michelin-starred restaurant, his first solo project, but Spero also lost all of his personal belongings he kept there—his book collection, his knives, his recipe notebooks.”

Reverie will be rebuilt in time. For now, the seafood-focused Bar Spero allows the chef to return to Basque Country cooking traditions he learned in his twenties.

“Bar Spero is experiential, stimulating, unexpected,” adds The Robb Report. “The 120-seat restaurant has 25-foot ceilings and is built around a 26-seat bar that should be packed every night. The music is boisterous, the servers move quickly, the banquettes are close together and the plates are meant to be shared.”

We’re hooked. Bar Spero should be open by the end of September, 2022.


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