District Soul Food Opens On Barracks Row Saturday, February 2
by Larry Janezich
District Soul Food will open next Saturday at 10:00am, bringing “soul food with a French connection” – breakfast, lunch and dinner – to Barracks Row. David Roundtree, the restaurant’s chief operating officer, said they are trying to set themselves apart by offering a full service restaurant with live music and a cigar lounge all in one. The first floor caters to families, while there are cocktails, cigars, and live music upstairs. He said, “We want to create an experience and have every customer be part of the experience.” He wants the restaurant to appeal to every generation – wants people to walk in because they desire to be part of something special.
The menu – created by Executive Chef John Fearrington (La Residence, True Flavors Southern Diner) – is eclectic – with vegan and gluten free options – and can be viewed here: http://districtsoulfood.com/contact/. The drink menu will be up by middle of next week.
The restaurant will provide live entertainment two or three times a week – jazz, rhythm and blues, reggae, and soft rock.
Asked, “Why Barracks Row?” the owners give Roundtree credit; “He brought us all together.” Roundtree says that the five had talked about opening a restaurant and were looking for the perfect location – “I drove past here every day – when I showed it to the others, we decided the location was perfect.”
Craig Parkinson, CEO, said that the restaurant wants to embrace the community and be a good neighbor – and provide people in the neighborhood with a great experience every day. He said he had been pleased at the collaboration the team experienced in interacting with other restaurants on Barracks Row – and happy to be with others in a team environment.
One immediate environmental improvement nearby neighbors will appreciate is the indoor storage of trash. ANC6B has been a leader in leveraging renovations of restaurants in 6B’s commercial corridors to store trash in doors.
The restaurant will be open daily: Sunday – Wednesday: 10:00am-11:00pm, and Thursday – Saturday: 10:00am-2:00am.