There’s a lot to love about the Imperial in Adams Morgan. Two years in the making, meticulous owners Bill Thomas and Stephen King may well have another hit on their hands in this intimate three-story neighbor to their original establishment, the Jack Rose Dining Saloon.
In 2011, Thomas and King opened Jack Rose, which houses the largest collection of whiskey in the Western Hemisphere. The new Imperial, like its predecessor, also boasts a fire-lit room and rooftop bar, but is otherwise distinct from its neighbor. Its dining menu, created and cooked by Chef Russell Jones, is composed of mid-Atlantic-inspired cuisine, expressed in a style reminiscent of Southern French cooking.
If you’re so inclined and the weather allows, you can dine al fresco in the two-tiered rooftop garden. If that option is unappealing for any reason, though, the main dining room is bright, lined with windows, and full of light. For a cozier feel, you can find Jack Rose’s cocktail bar, Dram and Grain, in its new home in the basement of the Imperial. Dram and Grain is an impressive, speakeasy-style bar with an encyclopedic collection of rare spirits and a menu of inventive cocktails. The Imperial is also home to its own new features, such as an extensive wine collection and raw bar.