Bond 45 set to sail into National Harbor
Shelly Fireman is inviting 1,000 people to dine for free next week at his soon-to-open Italian steakhouse in National Harbor. That way, explains the New York restaurateur, "no one can complain!"
His plans for 149 Waterfront St. sound tempting: Options of corn- or grass-fed beef, all dry-aged on site. A 275-seat setting shaped by a Tony Award-winning set designer. Cocktails created by master mixologist Dale DeGroff and offered the same way Fireman's grandmother served drinks during Prohibition -- out of teapots.
Scheduled to open to the paying public on Jan. 25, Bond 45 will be dressed with an old bar from Chicago, antique floor and wall tiles and sculpture made by Fireman near his home-away-from-home in Tuscany. That's also where Bond 45 is getting some of its menu ideas; Perla Inguscio, Fireman's private Italian cook, is expected to make periodic visits to National Harbor and support the work of executive chef Daniele Turchetti, who comes from the original Bond 45 in New York.
The new venue represents Fireman's first departure from the Big Apple, his second Bond 45 and his eighth restaurant in a collection of well-placed establishments, including Café Fiorello across from Lincoln Center, Trattoria Dell'Arte opposite Carnegie Hall and Bond 45 in Times Square.
Why National Harbor? "Where was I going to go" in New York? replies Fireman. In New York, "we're always going against 40 other guys, looking to beat us up!" National Harbor has [Old HIckory] Steakhouse but nothing with an Italian accent, he adds. "That pleases me."
Bond 45 won't be his only addition to the waterfront. Sometime this year, he plans to open a second Redeye Grill with an American seafood theme.
Update: Invitations to the preview meals are by coded invitation only; no copies allowed.
-- Tom Sietsema
| January 14, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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