Ambar Capital Hill closes for major renovation; launches giveaway for a trip for two to Serbia

Renderings of Ambar Capital Hill renovation.

On the heals of its seventh anniversary Ambar Capital Hill closed today to begin a extensive renovation expect to last approximately two months.

Renowned for introducing Balkan cuisine with a modern twist to the District, Ambar Capital Hill has garnered many fans of its set-price dining and popular bottomless brunch.  It has also  received numerous accolades including a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide; “Best Brunch” in Washingtonian magazine’s annual Winner’s Circle of Reader’s Traveler’s Choice Award for “Best Everyday Dining Restaurants in the United States”; “Best Brunch” and “Best Restaurant When You Pay” by the Washington City Paper in their annual Best of D.C. awards, as well as “Service Program of the Year” and “Casual Brunch of the Year” at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington annual RAMMY Awards.

According to Ivan Iricanin, founder and CEO of Street Guys Hospitality the operating company for Amber Capital Hill, guests can expect a dramatic transformation of the 3,000-square-foot Balkan oasis, which will double in size and increase from 110 seats to 180 seats when Ambar 2.0 re-opens this April.  With the expansion will also come a new color palette, lighting, fabrics and furniture, and division of the dining space into four defined areas: The Wine Cellar, Chef’s Table, Garden Room and the Gallery.  A much anticipated enhancement will be a reimagined 48-seat third floor rooftop, complete with a retractable roof.

The redesign is being spearheaded by Nya Gill, a graduate of the Interior Architecture & Design MFA program at George Washington University, and who was  the designer of record for Ambar Clarendon. 

Ambar Capital is not limiting its redesign to the front of the house, it will also benefit from a newly expanded kitchen, complete with a charcoal grill, to enhance flavor profiles of several dishes.  With the renovation comes some additional menu enhancements.  Ambar Capital’s wine list, which showcasing vintages from the Balkan region, will also double in size.  20 additional Rakia selections will also be added to the list from premium small-bath distilleries.

In celebration of its seventh anniversary and the redesign, Ambar Capital Hill is offering one lucky patron a chance to win a trip for two to Belgrade, Serbia. The prize includes airline tickets, accommodations for a two-night stay in a five-star hotel, along with dinner at the popular Ambar Belgrade.  This competition is exclusively available to residents within the Unites States.  To enter, contestants must follow Ambar Capitol Hill on Instagram, share its post about the trip, and send a direct message with their contact email by March 23.  The winner will be revealed when the restaurant re-opens in April.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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