Thursday, November 21, 2019

King Street Oyster Bar Opens in NoMa Today

Inside King Street Oyster Bar NoMa

From our friends at King Street Oyster Bar...

Celebrated Team Behind Virginia-Based King Street Oyster Bar - Leesburg & Middleburg - Opens First Location in the District in NoMa - Today, Thursday, November 21st for Dinner at 4 PM

Celebrated restaurateurs Rick Allison and Jorge Esguerra behind Virginia-based King Street Oyster Bar who currently own and operate two popular locations in Northern Virginia - Leesburg and Middleburg - are thrilled to announce the opening of their third location and their first in the District in NoMa today, Thursday, November 21, 2019. King Street Oyster Bar NoMa (22 M Street, NE, Washington DC, 20002;; (202) 621-8513; @KingStreetOyster; #KSOBNoMa) opens today for dinner service beginning at 4 PM, and will be open for both lunch and dinner service beginning tomorrow - Friday, November 22nd - serving as the first seafood-focused restaurant to debut in the rapidly evolving neighborhood of NoMa.

Featuring 4,000 square feet, the light soaked corner space located within Bozzuto’s posh new residential building RESA, offers seating for 247 total, with 142 in the main dining room, 30 at the inside bar, and an outside patio that will provide seating for up to 75.

Designed by local architecture and interior design firm //3877, King Street Oyster Bar was conceived to put the art of oyster shucking at the forefront of D.C.’s vibrant dining scene. Fusing notes of traditional coastal aesthetics with a multifaceted floor plan that supports four distinct guest experiences, including an open kitchen, the eatery effortlessly imbues a lively atmosphere. The central open kitchen-style bar offers plentiful seating and a live look at the oyster bar’s expert shuckers preparing delectable selects. The area is further enhanced by an eye-catching canopy made complete with an Instagrammable Oyster sign to appeal to the eatery’s social media savvy guests. Seventeen-foot high ceilings allow for on-theme pendant lighting featuring fisherman’s rope to illuminate the King Street Oyster Bar’s many seating areas, which include communal high-top tables for casual fare and banquettes that anchor the space. Mirroring the shell’s palatable designs, a design wall featuring oysters shucked at other King Street Oyster Bar locations thoughtfully weaves a cohesive brand narrative together. The theme is continued within the bathroom spaces, which feature custom fish scale mosaic walls.

Oysters at King Street Oyster Bar

Since opening the first King Street Oyster Bar in Northern Virginia in Leesburg, the mission remains to provide excellent food prepared using only the freshest ingredients while engaging whole-heartedly with the community, one oyster, one person, and one neighborhood at a time.

Replicating the menus at sister King Street Oyster Bar locations in both Leesburg and Middleburg, Virginia, King Street Oyster Bar NoMa will feature a diverse selection of signature dishes including King Street Gumbo, Mermaid Tower, Lobster Roll - served cold or hot or as a double roll, amongst numerous other fresh seafood-centric savory dishes, Grilled Filet Mignon, as well as a variety of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options including their Vegan Smokehouse Burger with an Impossible Burger, BBQ, Chopped Cheddar and Cremini Mushrooms, the Ultimate Vegan Sandwich with Italian Beyond Sausage, Onion, Mushroom, Peppers, French Fries, Slaw, Sriracha Mayo. An assortment of fresh oysters will be on display daily at the bar for customers to indulge in upon their arrival. A rotating assortment of about 12 varieties of oysters sourced from both coasts and Canada will be available. East Coast oysters will make their way from the water to the restaurant within 24 hours, with West Coast oysters getting a 48-hour turnaround. General Manager and master barman DJ Suan - formerly of The Green Zone and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace - is in charge of the playful cocktail program featuring a creative line-up of about 20 cocktails including several low and no-proof drinks. Signature sips from Suan include an Aunty Sandy’s Daiquiri with Dr. Bird Jamaican Rum, Bananas, Cinnamon, Walnut, and Lime, Three Crazy Cat Ladies with Bourbon, Spiced Pear, Lemon, Blackberry, Earl Grey Tea, and Protect the Bees with Barr Hill Gin, Barr Hill Tom Cat, Honey, Ginger, Lemon, and Pale Ale, just to highlight a few.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be the first seafood-focused restaurant to open in NoMa providing an exciting new dining option for locals, residents, those who work in the neighborhood, and for visitors as well”, said Rick Allison, partner of King Street Oyster Bar. “The team at King Street Oyster Bar truly prides itself on cultivating community, and genuinely developing and nurturing that feel good neighborhood restaurant vibe. We are passionate about continuing to create unique community-centric restaurants that help grow the surrounding area. We are also honored to join the beautiful evolving neighborhood of NoMa and filling a void in the young restaurant scene there. Through our conversations with locals, residents, and other wonderful members of the community, we keep hearing time and time again how desperately the neighborhood has needed restaurants there for all of the government employees and residents to enjoy. In addition to our popular lunch and dinner services, we’re also excited to launch our phenomenal happy hour featuring $5 food and drinks and $1 oysters from 3pm-7pm everyday. In addition to offering 12 different oysters daily from around the world, we’ll also offer a variety of creative vegan options. There’s nothing better than enjoying East Coast oysters 24 hours out of water, and West Coast oysters just 48 hours out of the water. That’s what we’re proud to offer our oyster loving guests beginning today in the District and in the wonderful neighborhood of NoMa.”

King Street Oyster Bar NoMa is open for both lunch and dinner service, and has plans to debut brunch service within a few weeks shortly after the opening. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 11 AM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 2 AM, and Sunday 10:30 AM to 11 PM. Two happy hours are also available 3 PM to 7 PM every day, featuring deals such as a selection of oysters for $1 and an assortment of beverages and bites at the bar for just $5 including sangria, wine, and beer, and ceviche, crab cake or pastrami sliders, and wings. A second late-night happy hour is also available Sunday through Thursday from 10 PM to close.

Rick Allison and Jorge Esguerra have been close friends for over thirty years. Rick, Managing Member Operations, specializes in restaurants development and operations. Jorge, Managing Member Finance, is a certified public accountant that specializes in finance operations of cyber-security companies. Rick and Jorge discussed several times over the years the possibility of opening a restaurant. Finally, in 2014 the opportunity presented itself, so Rick and Jorge teamed up to establish their first restaurant, King Street Oyster Bar. Since then they have been committed to creating, operating and growing a restaurant group with a community driven vision and strong core values. The concept for King Street Oyster Bar is based on an overall lack of good seafood concepts in Northern Virginia and a void of oyster bars in Loudoun County. On May 5, 2016 King Street Oyster Bar opened in Historic Downtown Leesburg and since then has become “one of the best oyster bars west of DC” according to Virginia Living Magazine, Best of Virginia 2018 issue. Also, a finalist for Main Street Small Business of the Year (2018) for Loudoun County, Virginia. On November 2, 2017 King Street Oyster Bar’s second restaurant opened in Historic Downtown Middleburg. Now, King Street Oyster Bar specializes in bringing fresh oysters from both the West and East Coasts of the US and Canada to the communities we call home. On any given day, we offer 12 varieties, which we get no more than 24 hours out of water from the East Coast, and no more than 48 hours out of water from the West Coast. It’s a quality and freshness you can taste. For additional information on King Street Oyster Bar, please visit or via social media @KingStreetOyster #KSOBNoMa.

NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood in Washington, DC, nestled among Union Station, the U.S. Capitol, Shaw, Union Market, and the H Street NE corridor. Already, NoMa has more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, and almost 40 percent of NoMa’s office space is home to private sector tenants, including major media, technology, and think tank organizations. Each day, more than 100,000 people are out and about in NoMa’s commercial core. Through a public-private partnership with the D.C. government, the neighborhood will soon have great new parks and public spaces - an important development, as NoMa now contains almost 6,400 new apartments, and more than 54,000 people work here each day. NoMa is also the District’s most connected neighborhood, with a Walk Score of 94, stellar cycling infrastructure, unparalleled rail options, two Metro stops, and vehicular access to major highways. The NoMa BID organizes and sponsors dozens of free community events each year and also maintains a free outdoor WiFi network. For more information about NoMa, visit and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter. Follow us on Twitter (@NoMaBID) and Instagram (, and like us on Facebook.

ABOUT //3877:
In fall 2010 close friends David Tracz and David Shove-Brown began the process of realizing their decade old dream of forming a professional architecture + design partnership. Through over two decades of experience, the duo developed goals of not only working with clients interested in the design process but also teaming with partners who can help provide the highest levels of design, construction and presentation. After months of planning and development, //3877 was born.

//3877 is a multi-disciplinary firm that focuses on single family, multiple-unit residential, commercial, restaurant and hospitality projects. In seeking success while working with these various project types, //3877 begins with the very simple process of asking questions and listening carefully to the answers, prioritizing the concepts of partnerships and teamwork. Very simply, //3877 is committed to providing innovative and creative designs to enhance and enrich the lives of clients, partners and communities. For additional information on //3877, please visit