Citizens & Culture Is One of Eater’s “Most Anticipated Spring Restaurant Openings to Track Around D.C.”

The area’s restaurant scene continues to attract national attention and accolades for its quality and diversity.

Citizens & Culture, which Kaldi’s Social House owner Tsega Hailemariam is set to open this spring, is one of Eater’s most anticipated restaurant openings in the D.C. area:

Downtown Silver Spring’s sleek new 15,000-square-foot restaurant and music venue comes from Tsega Haile, who also owns Silver Spring and Clarendon coffee shop Kaldi’s Social House. Multi-level Citizens & Culture is outfitted with large flat-screen TVs, working fireplaces, and a lofted stage up top equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system for DJs and bands. A ground-floor patio leads to an expansive, vaulted ceiling main dining room with a full-length bar and menu from chief chef consultant Jessica Shields and executive chef Ryan Hackney.

Chef Hackney, a Beat Bobby Flay alum whose résumé includes stints at D.C.’s Macon Bistro & Larder, Charlie Palmer Steak, and most recently Valor Brewpub, recently made headlines for revealing part of Citizens & Culture’s menu in the most unlikely of places: a birthday party for society scammer Anna “Delvey” Sorokin.

Hailemariam acquired the former Pacci’s Pizzeria space at 8113 Georgia Ave. in 2019.

Renderings courtesy Tsega Hailemariam

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