2017 | Entertainment & Events

Tony Kornheiser Announces ‘Chatter’ as New Name for Friendship Heights Bar

Bar was formerly named Chads, and Chadwicks before that

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The Chads sign, which Kornheiser said will soon be replaced

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Chads in Friendship Heights, under new ownership since December, is now renamed as Chatter, owner Tony Kornheiser revealed on his podcast.

Kornheiser, host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, took over the bar and restaurant this winter in a partnership with former University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, talk show host Maury Povich and businessman Alan Bubes.

The renaming comes after Kornheiser solicited suggestions from listeners—he told Bethesda Beat they received a “million names suggested by a million people”—and debated with his fellow owners, ultimately deciding on a name that kept some continuity while still setting it apart from what came before. The bar was called Chadwicks before it was renamed Chads.

“I felt like if we could get something with that ‘Ch’ sound, it would feel familiar,” Kornheiser told Bethesda Beat on Tuesday. “It would seem like one in a line of three.”

Chatter changed its menu and bar offerings from those offered by Chads and also remodeled much of the interior of the 5247 Wisconsin Ave. bar. Chatter doesn’t have a new sign yet, but that’s in the works.

Another new feature of the bar is its podcast studio: Starting next Monday, Chatter will allow guests to watch Kornheiser’s show recorded live in the studio.

“Chatters is who we are, and chatter is what we do,” Kornheiser said on the podcast. “I wanted to tie in the notion of the podcast studio, where we would sit and we would chat.”

Despite the changes, Kornheiser said he wanted the feeling of the bar to remain the same, as the owners make improvements on what was already working.

“The spirit of the place is not going to change,” he said. “I don’t want it to change. It’s a neighborhood bar.”