Neptune’s new location opens downtown this week


The Roman God of the sea Neptune is known to be violent in nature and bad in temperament. This same temperament is perhaps what took Neptunes Brewery from a five-month project to a 13-month one.

Neptune’s is a well-known tap house and eatery in town currently located off Park on L street. The owners Lauren Silano and Jon Berens purchased Neptune’s Brewery about five years ago, and under their ownership gained popularity in its beer, food, and more recently sushi.

The new building will be flexible to seat more people during the summer time but feel empty in the slower winter. Part of this is solved by one-third of the seating being outdoors. The building will also have rooftop seating.

The project became a much larger venture than what was planned. Between the structural soundness of the building and eight weeks for removing asbestos that they didn’t know was there, Silano said the whole experience was “very stressful,” but she also said she’s put her heart and soul into this project.

With the opening date on March 15, Silano says that “We’re so close to the opening date, it doesn’t feel real.” The new business will serve a larger menu and expanded bar while the brewery will keep its “hole in the wall” feel, Silano explains.