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4935 Bar And Kitchen Finally Opens In Woodmont Triangle

by Aaron Kraut — January 22, 2014 at 11:25 am 841 3 Comments

4935 Bar and Kitchen

After more than a year and almost $1 million of renovations to the old Tragara space on Cordell Avenue, Ashish Alfred’s 4935 Bar And Kitchen is finally open and operating on all cylinders.

Alfred, the Rockville native and French Culinary Institute of Manhattan graduate, took over the Tragara space in November 2012 with the idea the downstairs restaurant would be open in January 2013 and the upstairs would be a trendy lounge and bar area.

The upstairs space opened, but Montgomery County permitting officials found a number of problems inside the building that prevented him from opening the full-service restaurant.

“We figured we’d make some quick updates,” Alfred said. “Sure enough, we had issues from the start, all kinds of issues that we had to get special exceptions for.”

Permitting officials found the bathrooms were not ADA compliant, so Alfred said he spent $30,000 on new bathrooms. The doors had to be changed and then the county said the spiral staircase didn’t meet fire code, so Alfred said he spent $160,000 on fire-resistant glass.

“I’m not complaining. If these things are required then there are certainly reasons to have them,” Alfred said. “But we are certainly open now.”

Alfred opened the main restaurant for lunch and dinner earlier this month.

The menu features seafood, salads, pasta, steak and other dishes from Alfred. Dinner entrees are priced from $18 to $29 with starters from $5 to $14 and a raw bar. Soon, Alfred will add a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. There’s also a Monday-Friday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a late night DJ on Friday and Saturday.

Alfred said the restaurant (4935 Cordell Ave.) is no longer going for the nightclub lounge-feel he had in mind. Alfred hired a general manager and bar consultant to help redesign the second floor, long known in Bethesda as prime space for banquets and Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties.

Alfred closed the upstairs lounge part of the restaurant in August as renovations continued in the downstairs restaurant.

“We kind of functioned as a nightclub but we’ve gone away from that,” Alfred said. “Now, it’s a more casual place where folks can walk in at 11 or 11:30 [p.m.] and get a great meal. We still get a great crowd.”

This week, there will be a private party and a Bar Mitzvah party. Alfred said private events will be a big part of his business.

He’s excited about the group of new restaurants and bars in a rejuvenated Woodmont Triangle, and more excited about finally getting to join in.

“The more the merrier,” Alfred said. “I would love for it to have the same kind of scene as Bethesda Row.”

Photo via 4935 Bar and Kitchen

  • Karen

    Welcome to the neighborhood! Sounds marvelous! Cannot wait to come by with friends for dinner.

  • Jordan Cooper

    4935 Bar and Kitchen is just the sort of new business that we need in the Central Business District in Downtown Bethesda. In recognition of the need for more sustainable businesses of its kind, and having recognized that new political leadership is needed to make small businesses feel welcome in Montgomery County, 4935 Bar and Kitchen will be hosting an event for Cooper For Maryland on Thursday February 6th from 7-9PM:

    Cooper For Maryland

    Cordially invites you to an evening reception in support of

    Jordan P. Cooper, Democrat for Delegate

    Thursday, February 6, 2014
    7 – 9 PM

    “4935 Bar and Kitchen”
    4935 Cordell Ave.
    Bethesda, MD 20814

    Hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

    My campaign has been steadily gaining steam, and this event marks the
    kickoff of our final stretch as we push forward towards the primary. I
    need your support to get me over the top and through the election.

    “4935″ is a new, exciting restaurant in
    Bethesda that I know you will enjoy experiencing with us on the 6th. It
    is an environmentally sustainable, locally sourced establishment located
    at the former site of Tragara Ristorante on Old Georgetown Road and
    Cordell Ave. Abundant parking is available across the street in the
    public parking garage. The location is easily accessible by Metro’s Red
    Line, and is right by the Bethesda Station.

    http://www.cooperformaryland.com/4935_bar_event

  • Guest

    Way to totally steal 8407 Kitchen Bar’s name.

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