Wine Bar Brings Together Big Names and Distinctive Features in Shaw


For Immediate Release: June 23rd, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Maxwell Park, a 33-seat wine bar and eatery, opens June 26, 2017. Located at the corner of 9th and O Streets NW in the historic Shaw neighborhood, Maxwell Park is the brainchild of award-winning Sommelier Brent Kroll. The wine bar brings together staff and support from some of D.C.’s biggest names in the industry, and boasts several distinctive, impressive design features.

Named after a Detroit-area park that Kroll frequented as a child, Maxwell Park is a concept he has honed over the course of his decade-long career building some of D.C.’s most dynamic and award-winning wine programs. The restaurant shares its name with an old-school playground situated next to railroad tracks, a clear ode to his childhood and a memorable, one-of-a-kind place.

Maxwell Park will feature 50 wines or so by the glass, approximately half of which will rotate based on monthly themes. Using a carefully controlled, sophisticated refrigeration system with four different temperature zones, the flavors and nuances of each wine will be accentuated and guests will be able to enjoy wines at their optimal temperatures. All serving temperatures will be noted on the menu.

Four house-made bottled cocktails ranging from classic to savory will also be available, alongside a handful of craft beers, including sour and funky ales that share similar characteristics with wine.

“I’ve always thought of a wine bar as a place with a serious program that can act as a friendly compass for all wine drinkers,” Kroll says. “Most importantly it has to be fun for the guest, which is why I named this after the best park I’ve ever known and home to some of my best childhood memories.”

Led by Kroll, Maxwell Park brings together an all-star team of industry leaders, including Max Kuller, Daniel Runnerstrom, Niki Lang and Tony Conte. Kuller, President of Fat Baby, Inc., whose restaurants include Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi and 2 Birds 1 Stone, will serve as Kroll’s principal business partner on this new project. Though the two have been longtime friends, they joined forces professionally last year with Kroll’s stint as General Manager of Proof.

Runnerstrom and Kroll previously collaborated at Iron Gate, where the wine program under their direction made Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Best in the Country list and won the 2015 Wine Program of the Year award from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). Lang, formerly of Voltaggio Brothers Steak House and Fiola Mare, rounds out the team of Certified Sommeliers who will oversee the day-to-day operations at Maxwell Park.

Lastly, Conte, who worked with Kroll at The Oval Room, will be consulting on the opening menu consisting of small plates and shareable dishes. Guests can expect to see future collaborations with Conte and other chefs in the area.

The focal point of the space will be a slate bar that guests and staff alike will be encouraged to write on. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, the slate bar top will allow staff to easily curate and label unique flights, while giving guests the option to take notes on favorite pours. Other notable design features include a 20-seat patio, expansive basement wine cellar and a custom-built booth that sits alongside an antique fireplace.

For more information about Maxwell Park, visit and follow the bar on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@maxwelldcwine). Seating is available on a first-come, first- serve basis and Maxwell Park is open Sunday-Thursday from 5pm-12am and Friday-Saturday from 5pm-1am.

About Brent Kroll

Brent Kroll began studying and developing a passion for wine before he was even legally able to drink. After passing the initial Sommelier exam a month after his 21st birthday, he began his career as Head Sommelier at Casa Tua in Miami, FL. Shortly after, he was tapped by restaurateur Ashok Bajaj of The Knightsbridge Restaurant Group to take over as Sommelier at Ardeo/Bardeo and later, The Oval Room. Following his move to the District in 2008, Kroll went on to work as Wine Director under the famed chef Alain Ducasse at Adour, located in the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. Later as Wine Director of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Kroll oversaw and crafted the wine programs at more than a dozen acclaimed concepts, including the historic Iron Gate, which was once Washington’s oldest- operating restaurant. In 2015, his work at Iron Gate was awarded Wine Program of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and Top Wine Program in the D.C. region by DC Modern Luxury, and was named as one of the Best Wine Restaurants in America by Wine Enthusiast. Kroll has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and more. In 2014, he was named a Rising Star by Maxwell Park is his first independent concept. He lives and works in D.C. and is an avid Detroit Tigers fan.



Brent Kroll, Owner & SommelierPhone: 248-953-3809

Email: | @maxwelldcwine

Address: 1336 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001