A New Piano Bar Coming to M Street
The Georgetown Piano Bar plans to open its doors Sept. 12 and will be located at 3287 M St., NW, where the lounge bar Modern was.
The team creating the bar is composed of piano player Hunter Lang, former Mr. Smith’s manager Gene McGrath, former Mr. Smith’s employee Morgan Williams and Bill Thoet, according to the Washington Business Journal
The idea for the piano bar started three months ago when the employees heard that Mr. Smith’s – known for its piano bar -- was closing its doors, the Journal reported. What they didn’t know then was that another manager from Mr. Smith’s, Juan Andino, was working to reopen the place at a new location. Mr. Smith’s is relocating to 3205 K St., NW, where Chadwick’s once stood for many years.
Georgetown Piano Bar plans to separate itself from the rest by having the piano be the main attraction. The bar will be “built around live piano entertainment,” the new business stated on its website. “The first thing you will notice as you walk down the stairs is our bright red piano.”
There will be no food at Georgetown Piano Bar, only drinks to keep the main focus on the piano and the music. However, the bar acquired Modern’s tavern license and its settlement agreement with the community, which, according to the Georgetown Metropolitan, requires the holder to receive 15 percent of its revenues to come from food and that the holder will not have live music.
There will be lyric books on all of the tables to promote singing along with the piano to keep music as the main attraction on the M Street establishment.