BEACH VIBES

DC goes coastal with Mil­lie’s in Spring Val­ley.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY TIM EBNER

When Bo Blair isn’t busy over­see­ing his clutch of DC restau­rants—Jet­ties, Surf­side, Bayou, and Due South—he es­capes to the is­land of Nan­tucket off Cape Cod. But it’s no va­ca­tion: While the John Ker­rys and Pa­trick Mur­phys of the world un­wind, Blair is still on the clock at his beach­side restau­rant, Mil­lie’s. This spring, the res­tau­ra­teur is bring­ing Mas­sachusetts to Mass. Ave. with a per­ma­nent DC lo­ca­tion of his beloved Nan­tucket spot.

“We strive to make ev­ery­one feel like they’re at the beach even if they’re stuck in DC,” says Blair. “This restau­rant is mod­eled off our orig­i­nal restau­rant in Nan­tucket, with a few up­dated touches.”

Wash­ing­ton din­ers can ex­pect ex­pertly pre­pared clas­sics (think but­tery lob­ster rolls and Baja shrimp tacos) as well as some sur­prises (tuna poke and squid a la plan­cha). Partner and chef David Scrib­ner is over­see­ing the kitchen along­side Blair.

“We’re also tak­ing some of our guys from Mil­lie’s and mov­ing them down here,” Blair adds. “As we de­scribe it, this restau­rant is a com­bi­na­tion of New Eng­land and Baja coast seafood. It’s an in­door-out­door bar and restau­rant that will feel like a day at the beach!” 4866 Mas­sachusetts Ave. NW; mil­lies­nan­tucket.com

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