DC’s Medium Rare Opening on the 1600 Block of Sansom


The Sansom, the high-end apartment project by Jim Pearlstein’s Pearl Properties is going to house Medium Rare, a steak frites restaurant operating in Washington DC. The under construction project takes up much of the north side of Sansom between 16th and 17th Streets (opposite Federal Donuts).

This is the second restaurant Pearlstein has landed this week. Marc Vetri announced that he’s opening Pizzeria Vetri in Pearl Property’s Granary project on Callowhill Street.

Medium Rare specializes in steak and frites, with the signature dish is available for just under $20. Co-founder Mark Bucher has Philadelphia roots, he was once an intern at WMMR. His grandfather, George Bucher was Civil Service Commissioner of the City and chairman of the City’s Board of Ethics, as well as the head of one of the city’s largest unions in the 60s and 70s.

has hired Philadelphia architect Richard Stokes to design the restaurant. Stokes has had a hand in several Stephen Starr Restaurants. Medium Rare is aiming for a fall opening.

Medium Rare [Official Site]