Celebrity chef Michael Mina is opening an Italian restaurant and pool club in DC

Celebrity chef Michael Mina is opening two new dining concepts at City Ridge near Tenletown (pictured: members-only pool bar, The Ridge Club). Rendered courtesy of City Ridge

A group of big-name restaurateurs are planning ambitious DC projects, from Stephen Starr and Nancy Silverton’s Italian Emporium in Georgetown to an offshoot of Keith McNally’s Minetta Tavern near Union Market. But there’s only one splashy project that comes with a pool, and it belongs to Bourbon Steak restaurateur Michael Mina and DC developer Roadside. The celebrity chef is heading to the new City Ridge development near Tenleytown (formerly the Fannie Mae resort) with two locations: a “fattoria-to-table” Italian restaurant (still unnamed) and a rooftop bar and cafe at the Ridge Club members only. Both are scheduled for 2023.

The future site of Michael Mina’s Italian restaurant. Photography by Evy Mages

“At MINA Group, we’ve been really focused on developing new, fresh and interesting dining concepts and finding the right partners and markets for them,” says Mina, who operates more than 40 fine-dining restaurants from its base in San Francisco. . DC’s upcoming projects will be its first in the area since Bourbon Steak opened at the Four Seasons Georgetown in 2009. “City Ridge is one of the most exciting new developments to come to the DC area in recent years and we are thrilled to be able to introduce a new restaurant to the neighborhood.

Members-only rooftop pool and Ridge Club. Photography by Evy Mages

Plans for Mina’s seasonal Italian restaurant at the heart of the 10-acre resort are still underway. The massive 7,815-square-foot dining room features 16-foot ceilings, private event spaces, and a wraparound sidewalk patio lined with acacia trees. The Mina Group dabbled in Italian cuisine, including Cal Mare in Beverly Hills, run by former Bourbon Steak DC chef Adam Sobel, now the group’s business manager, until it closed. This upcoming project promises to be a whole new concept for Mina. It will join a growing list of dining options in the development, including Tatte, King Street Oyster Bar, Taco Bamba and DC’s only Wegman’s.

A projection screen hovers above the pool for movie nights. Photography by Evy Mages

The members-only pool and social club is a new level of catering, literally. It’s five stories above the restaurant and overlooks the National Cathedral. The Mina team will operate a walk-in bar and offer poolside beach platters to bathers and guests. A large terrace is equipped with dining tables and lounges surrounded by greenery and fire pits. Inspired by the chic One Hotel in Miami, the rooftop pool sports lounge chairs, cabanas for hire, spa-like changing rooms, and a huge projection screen for movie nights.

Sunbathers can grab poolside plates at Mina’s Cafe. Photography by Evy Mages

So how do you get one of those poolside cocktails? Ridge Club members must live or work in one of City Ridge’s 690 apartments, or you can get busy making an Upper Northwest best friend before next year.

“We’re aiming for a ‘permanent resort’ atmosphere,” says Roadside Partner Jeff Edelstein. “We want people to live like they’re on vacation.

Mina at City Ridge. 14 Ridge Square, NW.

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Anna Spiegel covers the restaurant and bar scene in her native DC. Before joining Washingtonian in 2010, she completed the MFA program at the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in New York and St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.

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