First time owner/operators Donagh J. Gilhooly, Brian J. Hillery and Danny J. Price opened Exiles Bar, a neighborhood restaurant located at 1610 U St., NW, formerly Stetsons Famous Bar & Grill. The trio has worked at various locations throughout the metro-area since 2006, most recently at a pub in Arlington, Virginia.
Joining them is Chef Emer O’Rourke, the accomplished head chef of Northside Social in Arlington since 2010. Chef O’Rourke, whose award-winning style is straightforward in approach, offers modern touches on traditional comfort foods. Steven Fedorchak, owner of the Liberty Tavern Group, is also involved with the project as a consulting partner and advisor.
After a massive renovation, including construction of a new kitchen, second-floor bar/restaurant area, the addition of a billiards room and five brand new bathrooms, Exiles Bar is both excited and honored to join the U Street Corridor. Much of the building has been stripped back to its original brick and stone. New lighting and audio/visual equipment provide warmth and clarity to this historic building, which has operated as a restaurant continuously since the 1930s.