Behold the architectural wonders of Drafting Desk, a brand new gastropub soft-opening on 14th Road subsequent week. That is the newest from restaurateur Aaron Gordon, and it is the newest in a string of eating places set to show up the warmth on the booming 14th Road Hall. It’s also one in every of this fall’s most anticipated restaurant openings. That is Gordon’s first full-service sit-down restaurant — his different eating places embrace Rabbit, TangySweet and Pink Velvet Cupcakery — and it’s an ode to structure.
Teaming up with Gordon on the enterprise is his childhood good friend and designer Andrew Christenberry. Their design idea was to recreate the texture of an “previous design studio or an engineer’s workplace” and so they’ve introduced that to life utilizing classic drawing tables (therefore the identify) and touches comparable to a metal bar prime, blueprints as paintings and bus depot stoplights bearing the restaurant’s tackle hanging over one of many high-top communal tables. Different paintings contains images of well-known folks drafting issues, you already know, like Ernest Hemingway writing a e book.
Gordon plucked govt chef Ciji Wagner from inside his restaurant group, having served as culinary director from the group and govt pastry chef for Pink Velvet particularly. That is her first transfer into savory and Wagner is planning a seasonal menu of consolation dishes comparable to braised brisket, duck confit, meatloaf and, in fact, a burger with crispy blue cheese, apricot chutney and onion jam. They’re additionally bringing a number of salad and sandwich choices over from Rabbit, whereas desserts embrace a Snickers pie and chocolate pudding.
On the subject of boozing, Drafting Desk will provide 16 beers on faucet, plus 20 extra obtainable by bottle and might at its 22-seat bar. They’re together with classics just like the Previous Usual on their cocktail menu, plus new drinks comparable to The Hummer, made with hum liquor, kafir lime, hibiscus, cardamom, ginger, bitter and a splash of Prosecco. All wines shall be obtainable by the bottle and glass.
The 62-seat Drafting Desk soft-opens to the general public on October four at 5 p.m., with plans for a grand opening on October 10. They will roll out brunch someday afterward, plus a patio shall be open in spring and summer season.