Potenza Opens: An Italian Option in Downtown
"The food represents all of Italy," Stir Food Group CEO Dan Mesches said during a tour of the space last week. "But the design evokes Tuscany." You can see some of those villa-like flourishes in accents like geometric tiles, globe-shaped light fixtures and a couple church-pews-turned-booths that are meant to call to mind a confessional. Diners in the 175-seat main room will be able to peer into the open kitchen.
When designing the bar, Mesches said he drew on his experiences at the late Red Sage restaurant, which was also close to the White House. Flat-screen televisions tuned into a variety of news channels were a must for the politicos who he hopes will visit the 42-seat bar. "They're built into the design [just above a wall of wine refrigerators] so that it doesn't feel like a sports bar," he says.
Expect outdoor seating on 15th Street and a bakery to come this spring.
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