Medium Rare is an americanized version of a French steak frites bistro that offers a single set dinner menu at a set price with both indoor and outdoor seating. Simple. Easy. No decisions. $25.95. Bread, Salad, Steak, Fries. There is a portobello mushroom alternative to steak and five dessert options.
The restaurant also has a set price weekend brunch with a handful of choices (French toast, steak and eggs, etc.) with bottomless drinks (Bloody Marys, mimosas, coffee, juice).
The first Medium Rare opened in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, DC in 2014. There are also locations in Capitol Hill, Arlington, VA and Bethesda, MD.
According to PRweb.com, the restaurant is in process of a nationwide expansion. Co-owner Mark Bucher is looking to add 2,700-3,000 square foot locations in urban areas within affluent, high-density residential neighborhoods.
The Medium Rare announcement follows news last week that a 10,000 square foot Blackwall Hitch is also opening in Merriweather District this fall. I'm waiting for HR retail to update their leasing map to confirm the exact location for these two restaurants, but I do see a 2,100 square foot space near the stage on the site plan.