Georgetown Piano Bar keeps the neighborhood Piano Man alive
For anyone who is still in the mood for a melody after the closing of Mr. Smith’s piano bar on September 1, fear not—the “Piano Man” is making a return to the Georgetown neighborhood at a snazzy new venue.
The Georgetown Piano Bar is located at 3287 M Street in the basement space that previously housed the dance club Modern. The partnership for the new piano bar developed after a group of people who previously worked at Mr. Smith’s found out in July that the revered restaurant would be closing. All of the employees at the new Piano Bar came from Mr. Smith’s, including the servers, the manager, and the two esteemed piano players, Hunter Lang and Spencer Bates.
The bar is designed around a giant cherry-red piano table that can accomodate dueling pianists at two different keyboards. “This is based around the piano part of Mister Smith’s,” Georgetown Piano Bar co-owner Bill Thoet said. “Not the restaurant part of it.”
The new owners have decided to keep Modern’s most memorable feature: a round, sunken bar in the middle of the room that can seat up to 20 guests. In addition to booth seating, customers will also be able to pull up their barstools around the piano with their drinks and engage with the performers while listening or singing along to the music.
What the founders of the Georgetown Piano Bar were not aware of at the time is that another longtime Mr. Smith’s manager, Juan Andino, was already planning to re-open that bar at a different location. He subsequently announced that Mr. Smith’s would be taking over the Chadwick’s restaurant space at 3205 K St. NW, but at that point many of the former employees had already committed to the new Piano Bar on M street.
Vox senses that there might be an epic battle of the piano bars in Georgetown’s near future.
Photo: Georgetown Piano Bar via Facebook