By Anna Spiegel from the Washingtonian

Just in time for spring weather, Takoda’s rooftop beer garden and restaurant opens on Friday. The two-story venture sits atop a 1920’s-era building across from the burgeoning Shay development, and combines a retro American eatery with a bar pouring local and domestic beers and whiskeys.

Takoda is the first restaurant from business partners Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, who’re also behind the Huxley nightclub in Dupont Circle. The team tapped chef Damian Brown, most recently of Stanton & Green, who designed a menu that riffs on American classics and leans southern, with dishes such as shrimp and grits, brisket sliders, and fried chicken with sweet potato waffles. Both the tavern-esque dining room and airy rooftop serve the same dinner menu—all priced at under $20 and also available at the bars on both floors.