Meet The New Mr. Henry's

Dining Notes

Mr. Henry's General Manager Mark Steele demonstrates his custom-made, refrigerated "beer tower." Photo by Celeste McCall

Mr. Henry’s, the beloved 49-year-old pub at 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, is best known for launching Roberta Flack’s career back in the 1960s. More recently, fans have been flocking there Monday night for half-price burgers. Now, we have a new reason for visiting: An updated menu, spiffed up décor, and Friday night jazz.

It almost didn’t happen. When long- time managing partner Alvin Ross departed last summer, there was talk of replacing Mr. Henry’s with a “new concept.” Sadly, that had happened before on the Hill. Fortunately, developer Larry Quillian decided otherwise, and Mr. Henry’s survives, with a few upgrades, keeping it all in the family. Larry’s daughter Mary Quillian is the new owner. Mark Steele is the General Manager. Narayan Campbell is assistant manager.

Mr. Henry’s Upstairs has been restored to its former oak-paneled glory. The wood originally came from the old Grace Dodge Hotel near Union Station, a women’s hostelry built in 1921 and demolished in 1972 to make way for The 400 North Capitol Plaza complex. Besides the newly burnished oak. Steele has renovated the upstairs kitchen and bathroom, and has installed a flat-screen TV and a custom-made beer tower. The latter is a refrigerated brass vessel which dispenses five kinds of brewski.

No worries: Those two-fisted half-price burgers remain on Mark’s expanded menu, including a ramped up char-grilled turkey burger. Newcomers include Angus flatiron steak and house-made soups, including a divine seafood bisque. Henry’s weekend brunch buffet is gone, but hearty “breakfast plates” are served Saturday and Sunday ‘til mid-afternoon, plus weekend drink specials like Irish coffee, mulled apple cider and bloody Marys.

Friday nights bring live jazz upstairs, with more music in the works. Mr. Henry’s is open daily.


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