Thally is the brainchild of Sherman Outhuok, After locating the perfect spot, on a burgeoning block of 9th St. NW near the DC Convention Center, Thally was born. The name pays tribute to our Shaw neighborhood as well as our families: “Thally” refers to the Tally-Ho Stables (built in 1883) located in Naylor Court directly behind our restaurant, as well as to Thalia, Sherman’s daughter. (Thally is pronounced without saying the “H”, as in Tally-ho.) Thally was conceived to be a comfortable and inviting neighborhood restaurant, as well as a destination worthy of Washingtonians crossing the city to 9th St. NW to discover our mouthwatering cuisine.
A longtime fixture on DC’s bar scene, Sherman Outhuok was a managing partner for a number of years at Posto restaurant on 14th St. He then went on to open Maple in Columbia Heights as the Bar Manager /AGM. He makes his own “Cello” (sweet and citrusy) liquors, inspired from his time at Posto. You’ll regularly find Outhuok behind the bar mixing up new batches of Lemon, Tangerine, Orange and even Grapefruit Cello. You’ll also see him front-of-house, greeting guests.