An elegant French restaurant and bakery debuts all day at DC Wharf

It’s been a boom year for DC-based Knead Hospitality + Design. Known for large, bubbly venues such as Mi Vida and Succotash Prime, the hospitality group has opened five new concepts ranging from an exclusive diner to an adult mini golf bar, more than doubling its staff size (from 300 to around 700). Now Knead’s sixth and final restaurant of the year is here: Bistro Du Jour, a French place all day on the Wharf that opens today for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Match granola with gougeres and foie gras macarons for brunch, which starts this weekend. Photo by Rey Lopez

As before, the group has partnered with the Manhattan-based Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery, which will operate a pastry kitchen and a counter inside the restaurant. Early risers can grab croissants, brioche donuts, cream scones and La Colombe coffee, which starts daily at 7 p.m. 7.30. The bakery will continue to serve all day and offer its usual selection of cookies, pies, pastries and tasty galettes. A Parisian-style breakfast with full service starts at 8:00 with quiches, Belgian waffles and delicacies such as. fried eggs (eggs and mushrooms dipped in buttery toast, wrapped in mornay sauce).

Greased toast and eggs smothered in mornay sauce. Photo by Rey Lopez

Former Succotash chef Treeven Dove runs the kitchen all day. Diners can start with playful snacks like raspberry / foie gras macarons or breakfast radishes with whipped brown butter. Popular bistro staples pop up: French onion soup, clams or steak fries, salad nicoise and a cheeseburger. Dinner brings three additions to the menu, such as coq au vin. All can be matched with French spirits and aperitifs, beer and a substantial list of French wines.

Duck confectionery, one of a few nightly dinner specials. Photo by Rey Lopez

Sounds like a lot is happening, right? Not for Knead co-founder Jason Berry, who says the menu is pretty concise for one of their ventures, due to the bistro’s smaller size and its kitchen (the room that once housed a Dolcezza gelato shop). While the restaurant, designed by // 3877, has 96 seats, it will debut with indoor space limited to 30 diners. A 60-seat wraparound outdoor patio is being completed with heaters, fans, drop-down curtains and other details that allow it to be open year-round.

“We’re very reluctant here, it’s unusual for us,” Berry says. “We make the biggest hits.”

Today’s Bistro. 99 District Sq., SW.

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Anna Spiegel covers the food and beverage scene in her home country of DC. Prior to joining the Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. Louis. John, US Virgin Islands.

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