Chefs at Home: Spike Mendelsohn's Revamped Schoolhouse Apartment

We stopped by the chef's apartment in Washington, D.C. to check out his loft kitchen (and, okay, his vintage Playboy magazines)
Spike Mendelsohn at Home | Chefs at Home
Jane Bruce

Spike Mendelsohn cooks steak and eggs in his Washington, D.C. apartment.

While Spike Mendelsohn is busy juggling his Good Stuff Eateries and upcoming steak frites joint Bearnaise (slated to open next month, he says), he has a pretty sweet bachelor pad of sorts to go home to.

Mendelsohn's open loft in the Atlas district of Washington, D.C. not only has a pool in the back with barbecue grills and a jacuzzi, but also comes with enviable chalkboards thanks to its history as a schoolhouse. The quiet building, with less than eight apartments, is pretty much what you need when you're a busy chef.

"I chose it because it’s a beautiful loft," Mendelsohn told The Daily Meal. "There's 100-year-old wood floors, an old-school chalkboard. I thought was just a really great cool space. It’s kind of like the bachelor pad I never ever had."


And sticking with the bachelor pad theme, Mendelsohn has decked out the apartment with a wall of graffiti, a killer dining room table, and a fish tank that currently houses a tiny 4-inch shark (and let's not forget the stack of vintage Playboy magazines). Click through our slideshow to check out Mendelsohn's updated schoolhouse apartment, as he cooks up a mean steak and eggs for breakfast.