11/30/2012 12:23:00 PM

Matchbox Fires Up a New Location on 14th Street NW

photo:Lorraine Fitzsimmons
A ginormous, three-story Matchbox opens tonight on the trendy stretch of 14 Street NW below U Street. Clever design has transformed a building that’s been a bowling alley (in 1907), an automobile showroom and a jazz club into a rustic, industrial mod venue. Climb staircases for seats in floating boxes suspended above a 25-ft. bar for a bird’s eye view of the action. Outdoor patio seating and a to-go station should make this outlet of a popular local chain a neighborhood haunt. On the menu, expect everything from signature wood-fired pizza and irresistible mini burgers to the likes of charcuterie and entrees like braised beef short ribs in coconut curry sauce (1901 14th St. NW; 202-328-0369).


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