District Soul Food Opens Saturday

Partnership Brings Soul to the Row


District Soul Food will open this Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. The restaurant, located at the site of the former Banana Cafe (500 Eighth St. SE) offers a culinary twist on southern cuisine.

The restaurant has something for everyone. The first floor restaurant is geared to families , offering a children’s menu and breakfast. Upstairs, there will be live entertainment and cocktails –as well as a private cigar room.

Five partners brought the restaurant to the Row: Christopher Alston, Craig Parkinson, Eddie Reynolds, Chris Everett and David Roundtree. The latter two were behind Two Bros. Soul Food Kitchen and Lounge in Alexandria, VA, which opened to raves from customers in 2017. The restaurant sought relocation at the end of that year, due to issues with the building.

The District Soul Food menu by Executive Chef John Fearrington (formerly of La Residence and True Flavors Southern Diner) features authentic Southern cooking, with shrimp and grits, southern fried catfish, collard greens and a sweet potato pound cake as well as fried chicken and a Royal Ribeye. There will be live entertainment upstairs, with signature cocktails. Four private spaces are available for dinner or events.

Come celebrate the Grand Opening on February 2nd at 10:00 a.m!

District Soul Food (500 Eighth St. SE) is open Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can make a reservation to try District Soul Food on OpenTable. Reach them via telephone at 202-544-8888