Magpie Cafe’s move to 16 Powerhouse is pretty much complete.
We went to a preview party last night, which swarming with people for hours. The spread of eats looked familiar—a good thing for Magipe fans—with the likes of chicken banh mi, gazpacho, mussels, sliders, salads, cheeses and giant cookies. The restaurant will officially open at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 6.
The big changes come from the much bigger space. The warmness from Magpie’s former the brick walls is gone; instead, the place feels slick and modern with a color palette of black, white and gold. High ceilings, natural light and a tall bookcase of wine greet you as you walk in, while the spacious outdoor patio boasts artful wooden fixtures.
And, of course, the kitchen is way bigger, allowing Magpie to experiment with more cool stuff as it gets going. It’s not quite an open kitchen, but some diners will definitely have a fun view.
There’s also a legit bar—with seating and cocktails. The current cocktail menu features classics like manhattans, martinis and negronis as well as a couple specialties, like the Honey Shade ($5), a beer cocktail with housemade honey and mint.
If you’re ever feeling nostalgic, you can still hit up Magpie’s R Street location. It will operate as Nido by Magpie, a cafe serving pastries, breakfast sandwiches and the like.