Logan Circle’s New Cocktail Bar Opens Later This Month

by Tim Regan April 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

Radiator Logan Circle exterior

Logan Circle’s newest cocktail bar is set to bring Hawaiian cocktails, “sexy” cuisine to the neighborhood later this month.

Radiator will open at Kimpton’s Mason and Rook hotel (1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW) on April 19, according to a press release sent out today.

When it opens, the bar will serve cocktails and “fun, funky bar snacks or more composed large-format plates,” the release says.

Behind the bar, staffers will sling cocktails such as the Bolivian Sage — muddled strawberry, fresh sage, lemon juice, house-made orgeat and pineapple juice — and the Rickey Goes to Hawaii, an amalgam of gin, li hing powder, lime and soda.

Head chef Jonathan Dearden, who previously worked at Ardeo + Bardeo, hopes to make the new bar a destination like Kimpton’s acclaimed restaurant and bar The Riggsby, and he hopes to achieve that with a “sexy” menu of bar food, he told us in January.

“Highlights include lamb belly tacos, harissa-roasted romanesco … it’s like sexy food,” Dearden said in January. “It’s exciting. You can eat more than just one or two things. Things can be shared and they can be talked about.”

While drinking and dining, patrons can relax on Radiator’s rooftop deck equipped with games like backgammon chess, Jenga and “life-sized Connect Four.”

Read the press release in its entirety below:

Radiator, a cocktail bar and neighborhood gathering place featuring contemporary American small plates with global influences, will open on April 19 off the 14th Street corridor at 1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Radiator nods to the spirit of its surroundings in both its name – a reference to 14th Street’s rich automotive past – and lively, engaging experience. The bar is located adjacent to the new Mason & Rook Hotel.

“We’re embracing the shift toward unpretentious dining, while remaining mindful of quality and craft in both food and drink,” says Lead Bartender Sarah Rosner, who helms the beverage program. “Radiator is first and foremost a hangout spot for the neighborhood where you can grab fun, funky bar snacks or more composed large-format plates alongside your perfectly made cocktail.”

In Your Glass

Keeping a firm grasp on the classics as a foundation, Radiator’s bar program leaves plenty of room to play and experiment. Lead Bartender Sarah Rosner, who comes to Radiator with 15 years of experience at such acclaimed establishments as Copycat Co., Derek Brown’s Eat the Rich and Jack Rose Dining Saloon, has designed a beverage selection that puts an original slant on time-honored cocktails, while highlighting a carefully curated range of whiskeys and off-the-beaten path spirits, as well as a discerning selection of local beers and wines. Her cheeky house creations include the Singani-based Bolivian Sage (muddled strawberry, fresh sage, lemon juice, house-made orgeat and pineapple juice), the Rickey Goes to Hawaii (gin, li hing powder, lime and soda), and the show-stopping Folk Art (muddled lime, mint leaves, Cynar, aged rum, green chartreuse and pineapple juice), all accessibly priced in keeping with the laid-back neighborhood setting.

On Your Plate

Food is central to the Radiator experience, and Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden, formerly of Ardeo + Bardeo, complements the liquid offerings with a menu of soulful, sophisticated dishes. Spanning snacks, sharable plates and large-format items, Radiator’s culinary program presents a global perspective reflecting Dearden’s deep knowledge of Caribbean, Creole, French and Pan-Asian cuisine. Highlights on the ambitious menu include Kimchi Pickles with Cucumber, Mango and Jicama; Bacon Fat Fries with Smoked Sea Salt; Harissa-Roasted Romanesco with Black Bean Hummus and Cilantro Tabouleh; and Lamb Belly Tacos with Curried Chickpeas, Tzatziki, Feta and Mint, an inventive riff on shawarma.

The Design

Set in a neighborhood once home to many mid-20th century car dealerships and auto repair shops, Radiator brings a historical point of view to its design with a strong use of industrial elements. The large, 57-seat bar area includes a communal table and is accented with rich woods and leather. A 23-seat lounge and private dining room includes several nooks where small groups can gather. The space is outfitted with playful diversions and games, such as backgammon chess, Jenga, and life-sized Connect Four. During warmer months, guests can enjoy a 50-seat patio featuring a large fire pit and a shuffleboard court under a retractable mesh overhang. Conceived by D.C.’s award-winning GrizForm Design Architects, the space keeps an eye toward craftsmanship, ranging from large checkerboard floors to vintage car parts to displays of rare whiskeys.

About Chef Jonathan Dearden

Jonathan Dearden is executive chef at Radiator, where he brings a global perspective to the culinary bar menu. His background in Caribbean, Creole, French, and Pan-Asian cuisines helps keep Radiator’s ambitious menu on pace with its constantly updated list of seasonal and classic cocktails.He comes to Radiator from Ardeo + Bardeo in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the kitchen as executive chef. Prior to this he served as executive chef at Andre Balazs properties in New York, executive chef at Jade Mountain Resort in Saint Lucia and chef de cuisine for James Beard Award winning Chef Allen Susser’s in Miami.With Dearden running the kitchen, Jade Mountain was recognized by Travel and Leisure as the top resort in the Caribbean, and number three best resort in the world. During his mentorship with Susser, he attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management. Dearden grew up in Sterling, Va., where both he and his twin brother first started their culinary journeys while working weekends at local family-owned restaurants.

About Sarah Rosner

Sarah Rosner is lead bartender at Radiator, where she oversees the culinary cocktail bar’s ambitious program of seasonal and classic cocktails. Rosner comes to Radiator from Copycat Co. in Washington, D.C., where she honed her skills and expanded her classics knowledge. Before that, Rosner worked with cocktail luminary Derek Brown at Eat the Rich, his rock and roll Mid-Atlantic oyster bar. Rosner stepped into the craft cocktail world at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, where she gained deep knowledge of cocktail history and the art of working with culinary ingredients. Previous stops include D.C. neighborhood favorites Breadsoda, Marvin, and Townhouse Tavern. Originally from Hawaii, Rosner’s background informs all of her cocktail creations, from a love of tropical ingredients to rigorous standards when it comes to freshness. Rosner is an enthusiastic gardener and sources many of her ingredients from her own backyard.

About Kimpton Restaurants

Kimpton has over 70 unique restaurants, bars and lounges across the country helmed by renowned chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Common cornerstones of each restaurant and bar include heartfelt care; chef-crafted, seasonal menus that celebrate local farms and purveyors; and striking interiors with vibrant style and design. Wines are chosen with a nod toward artisanal and sustainable selections, and signature cocktails are created by expert local bartenders. With concepts ranging from rustic Italian cuisine in the Pacific Northwest to oceanic fare on the Florida coast and alluring rooftop lounges and bars tucked away in the nation’s capital, each Kimpton restaurant is as distinct and expressive as its location. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com/dine.


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