If you’ve ever waited half an hour for a beer at a bar crowded with people waving $20 bills in the air, Peter Bayne can relate. With his latest venture, Franklin Hall, the co-founder of restaurant group Tin Shop DC and his business partner Geoff Dawson are setting out to ease your pain.
Bayne is a partner in the brand-new Franklin Hall, which opens today in the historic Manhattan Laundry building at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW, as well as a string of other establishments, including Penn Social, Big Chief and Highline RxR. He says the latest venture is an experiment in speeding up the bar experience.
Servers are one thing you won't find when Franklin Hall opens Friday in the Manhattan Laundry building (1346 Florida Ave. NW). The 5,600-square-foot American beer hall that owes its long, narrow layout to its status as a former trolley repair shop is built off a self-service model.