A New Dawn Breaking for Moon Rabbit in Penn Quarter

The Vietnamese restaurant is opening in a new home after closing suddenly in May.
A New Dawn Breaking for Moon Rabbit in Penn Quarter
Photo: @Moon Rabbit on Facebook

A critical darling DC restaurant is hopping back to life at a new location following an abrupt closure earlier this year. Moon Rabbit, chef Kevin Tien’s gourmet Vietnamese eatery, will be opening in the Penn Quarter in early 2024, reports Eater Washington DC.

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Moon Rabbit will be taking over the space vacated by Co Co. Sala at 927-929 F Street NW. Tien is currently redesigning the 3,500 square foot space, including shipping in new furniture from Turkey. The establishment will comfortably provide seating for up to 100 guests, whose dining experiences will be enhanced by an open kitchen, where they can observe their food being prepared.

While a precise opening date has not yet been announced, Tien anticipates opening in early January of 2024.

Tien hand-selected the space with great care from a large pool of candidates. The award-winning chef states ““We didn’t want to rush it. We wanted it to feel right and make sure the space we found was something to really continue to tell the next story of Moon Rabbit.”

After facing complications with the IHG Hotels and Resorts during the restaurant’s first incarnation, Tien now has full ownership of Moon Rabbit, allowing him to exclusively determine how the eatery will be run.

Visitors eager to try chef Tien’s cuisine but uncertain where to start should consider trying the chim cút chiên bơ, braised wagyu short ribs topped with roasted maitake mushrooms and served alongside pommes puree and au povire sauce, or the kombujime scallop crudo.

Kelly Mintzer

Kelly Mintzer

Kelly Mintzer is an East Coast freelancer with a cat and a dream. She pops up on various blogs and websites, writing about horror movies, video games, and television shows. Her fiction has been featured in a couple of anthologies, and with any luck, will be included in a few more.
Kelly Mintzer

Kelly Mintzer

Kelly Mintzer is an East Coast freelancer with a cat and a dream. She pops up on various blogs and websites, writing about horror movies, video games, and television shows. Her fiction has been featured in a couple of anthologies, and with any luck, will be included in a few more.
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