Well, it is opening season on 14th Street. Black Whiskey tweeted, posted on its Facebook page and sent invitations to its grand opening this Saturday, May 4. Chef and owner, Darren Norris of Kushi Izakaya & Sushi, will claim his spot on the corridor at 1410 14th Street NW, the former site of Mar de Plata restaurant. Renovations and remodeling for Black Whiskey have been going strong for the last couple of weeks.
Black Whiskey’s opening is in collaboration with Transformer, which will present “Cult Fiction,” a large-scale installation by artists Zach Storm and Cheyenne Seely.
We spoke to Bar Manager, Jack, as preparations were being made for the opening. Deathfix and Paint Branch will be in charge of the inaugural performances with DJ sets by Kid Congo Powers and Ian Svenonius.
Black Whiskey went totally black on its facade. It keeps the floor tiling of the downstairs space for what they call the “Social Room,” with a capacity of 250. Exposed brick walls and wood details are upstairs in the “Carvery Pub.”
The drink menu will include small batch whiskeys and a large selection of beers on tap. The menu will be “contemporary, farm-to-table, rustic, American meals such as roasted chicken and lamb, with sides like potatoes au gratin and sous-vide cooked vegetables.”