Mythology and Lore Lounge (816 H Street, NE) had been underdevelopment for quite some time and recently opened up for service on H Street after a complete renovation and rebuild of the space that had previously occupied the location (view menu here). Mythology is being headed up by Chef Joseph Harran, (previously at Vidalia and Woodward Table) and General Manager Mark Medley, (previously at The Atlas Room) and owner Todd Luongo. The first floor (open now) features fine dining for dinner and brunch soon; the second floor (coming soon) will be an upscale lounge with a separate menu and comfortable seating (like an upscale hotel lounge); the third floor will be a bar that is part indoor and part outdoor; and the fourth floor patio deck will be reserved for private events. The goal for the second floor lounge is to create a space where people can comfortably sit, relax, and enjoy nice cocktails, beers, and wines without being too crowded. The third floor will be more casual (same menu as lounge) and will have TVs for watching sports. The menus (for upstairs and downstairs) will rotate frequently based upon what is in season at the time.
Mythology aims to become a destination dining spot but also wants to be a spot for neighborhood regulars. Both the chef and GM live near H Street, so the community is very important for them. District Cuisine asked why Mythology chose the middle part of H Street, which currently does not have many restaurant options, versus the better established eastern and western ends of the Corridor. As the middle part of the Corridor develops, Mythology hopes to be a cornerstone of that development and to help spur more development.
District Cuisine stopped by for dinner during the first week of service and was impressed. We started with the feta fries (there are 12 different fry options ranging from sushi fries to bulgogi fries) that were well seasoned with a generous amount of feta. In addition to a menu of craft cocktails, Mythology offers a lengthy list of beer and wine. For main courses, we moved on to “Rock the Fish Please” and “But I’m a Vegetarian.” The rockfish was expertly seared and served over a combination of smokey bacon, crab meat, and fresh corn for a welcome end of summer taste. The creative vegetarian dish featured a chickpea ragout as well as eggplant and a lemon yogurt sauce.
Additional components of Mythology and Lore Lounge will open in the coming weeks. The second floor lounge is looking at a Halloween time frame to open, and the third floor will probably not be completed until spring rolls around. Mythology will be launching brunch this coming weekend as well. Based upon our initial experience, we look forward to trying the new features as they are rolled out!