1132 19th Street, NW
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“Opening in Late-March in Dupont Circle, Bonfire channels the spirit of a roaring fire in food, drink and space with A menu of creative s’mores, cast iron cauldron cookery and a barrel-wood smoked cocktail program.
A menu of creative s’mores, cast iron cauldron cookery and a barrel-wood smoked cocktail program are highlights at Bonfire, a new concept by the Social Restaurant Group enlivening the spirit of a roaring fire in Dupont Circle.
An eclectic menu of creative s’mores, cast iron cauldron cookery and a barrel-wood smoked cocktail program the elements showcased at Bonfire, a new concept by the Social Restaurant Group, opening in late-March 2016 at 1132 19th Street, NW. The two-floor restaurant and bar evokes the vivid spirit of a bonfire in experience, fare and design. “We work to create restaurant experiences which are touchingly personal to us. In looking at the experiences which have had the strongest impact on my life, the sensory, convivial, experience of a is an important one to me. We want to channel some of that vivid spirit into a dining experience,” says Mike Bramson of the Social Restaurant Group.
Behind the bar at Bonfire, the ingenious minds of the Social Restaurant Group’s Glendon Hartley and Chad Spangler have developed a program of cocktails they describe as “from the hearth”, created to evoke the warm and comfortable spirit of a bonfire. The program will focus on aged spirits featuring several Manhattan and Old-Fashioned style cocktails featuring aged whiskies, brandy and aged rums. Hartley and Spangler will incorporate the use several varieties of woods and smoke to highlight nuances in the concoctions. Spangler & Hartley using woods salvaged from liquor aging barrels, each creating a unique aroma and flavor based on the type of wood and spirit the barrel housed. Concoctions include the Nocino, which features bourbon, sherry and smoked almond tea and the Sas-Squash which features roasted acorn squash, whiskey and smoke from a rye whiskey barrel stave.
The design at Bonfire has been developed to enliven the powerful senses of gathering around a fire: warmth, community & vibrancy. DC design shop Swatchroom, award-winning designers of Provision no. 14 and Hank’s Oyster Bar have created a space which channels this energy across Bonfire’s expansive three-floor space. Entering from 19th street onto the first floor, guests will find a 26-seat dining room and a 16-seat bar. The second floor features a bar and lounge area totaling 38 seats and the third offers private dining seating of 20-22 and a rooftop patio with seats for 22.
Swatchroom design team describes Bonfire as having an “early modern charm with a thoughtful juxtaposition of unpredictable materials,” such as “lighting made from re-imagined fire extinguishers, reclaimed redwood and oil drums lined with modern patterns and textiles.” High ceilings, exposed brick and an open fire place provide a thoughtful indoor/outdoor space. Incorporating warm hues against fresh white quartz and “gritty and polished finishes mixing rose gold and blackened steel metal accents, layered with charred wood details,” brings the space to life.
The new American menu at Bonfire channels the spirit of rustic campfire cookery and the camaraderie evoked by a vivacious bonfire. A hallmark of Bonfire’s program is a dessert menu featuring a multitude of creatively composed s’mores including a peanut butter + chocolate s’more and a caramelized banana + dulce de leche s’more, as well as creative takes on the campfire favorite such as s’mores push-pops (hazelnut + coffee and gingerbread + blood orange varieties among them) and a s’mores flourless layer cake.”