Rialto, a new Italian restaurant, will open in the former Guards space at 2915 M St. NW in Georgetown Thursday. The Guards closed in 2012 after some 62 years in business in Georgetown.
“It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we bring Rialto to Georgetown, a place where the residents celebrate the history of their surroundings, and we look forward to becoming a part of that history,” co-owner and entrepreneur, Ben Kirane, said in a press release.
Rialto comes to Georgetown courtesy of Kirane and his co-owners Moe and Joe Idrissi, who also own Thunder Burger & Bar, and Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge.
The new decor aspires to bring a piece of Venice to Georgetown, according to a press release. Even the restaurant's name, Rialto, to “rise to ascent” in Italian, is the name of a popular area in Venice.
"We are excited about our new menu, which blends Old World Italian cuisine with contemporary ideals,” Ryan Fichter, executive chef of Rialto, said in a press release.
Rialto will feature a menu of fresh-made pasta, imported specialty ingredients, and fresh seafood, and will offer a cheese counter. They will also offer authentic Italian desserts like tiramisu and gelato.
Initially they will be serving a dinner only, but will later expand to lunch and brunch.
Restaurant hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. weekdays, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.