Eater DC: Inside Dos Mamis, the Bright New Bar From Two Petworth Stars

When Taqueria del Barrio co-owner Anna Bran-Leis and Himitsu co-owner Carlie Steiner decided to open a bar near their popular restaurants in Petworth, the new partners began following a rule of twos.

When Dos Mamis, their bar with a backyard “wine garden,” opens Friday, customers will be able to get $9 glasses of wine at happy hour or splurge on a $300 bottle of Champagne. The list of 10 cheeses will reflect Steiner’s taste — in her words the “funkiest, stankiest, creamiest, Frenchiest” stuff — and Bran-Leis’s palate, which leans toward milder options like cana de cabra and aged cheddar. They’ll have two desserts on the menu: a Pedro Ximénez sherry flavored soft serve from Steiner and tres leches doughnut holes that Bran-Leis describes as “like a cream puff, like a pate a choux situation.” 

Already neighbors and friends, the partners wanted Dos Mamis to represent their varied palates and experiences. Bran-Leis has a college-aged daughter and enjoys splitting bottles of Champagne when she goes out with friends. Steiner likes to drink Cava, drives a scooter, and shows up at the bar one day complaining of a sore shoulder because she lost an arm wrestling match the previous night at a lesbian bar. The name of the new place comes from days where they’d see each other going to work on Upshur Street and would call out, “Hey mami!” 

“We felt that between the two of us, there’s something for everyone,” Bran-Leis says.

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