Reverie, a tasting menu-focused restaurant heavily inspired by Chef Johnny Spero’s Nordic upbringing, received a Michelin star in 2022 just before tragically being destroyed due to a fire in August of 2022. Now, after spending 2023 rebuilding in preparation for reopening in 2024, the restaurant has been included on Michelin’s list of 16 restaurants in the United States that they are excited to try! This is coming shortly after Michelin granted two new D.C. restaurants Michelin stars in 2023, so it certainly seems like the D.C. food scene is continuing to grow and improve!
What is Reverie?
Reverie is a tasting menu-based restaurant that opened in Georgetown back in October 2018 under the helm of Chef Johnny Spero, who grew up a Maryland native but spent his young professional career traveling and working abroad, including several years at the world-famous Noma in Copenhagen. The restaurant received its first Michelin star in the spring of 2022, a significant achievement and milestone at the time, did not get to enjoy it for long. Tragically, a fire burnt down the restaurant just a few months later in August of the same year, forcing the restaurant and its Chef to focus all of 2023 on preparing for its reconstruction and reopening in 2024.
When is Reverie going to reopen?
According to Michelin, Reverie is estimated to reopen around February 2024, roughly 18 months after the restaurant first closed down as a result of the fire in 2022. The menu is expected to remain similar in length to what it was before its closure, which was between 14 to 16 courses, and the experience will be priced at $250 per seat. The revamped restaurant will also have more space for guests, replacing a dining counter they previously had for a new 36-seat dining room.
Overall, we could not reflect Michelin’s excitement more, we are looking forward to Chef Sperro’s innovative new dishes returning to D.C. in 2024!If you’d like to read the full list of Michelin’s most anticipated restaurants of 2024 here.