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The team from BBQ joint DCity Smokehouse will take on cocktails and bar bites when Wicked Bloom DC Social Club opens Sept. 25 in the former Subway space at 1540 North Capitol St. NW.
Chef Rob Sonderman, who is never shy about piling it on, will debut diet kryptonite snacks like “the Smokehouse bomb” featuring a mac and cheese waffle with chopped pork, brisket chili, cheese sauce, and sour cream. “It should be a good way to fill you up before you stumble back home,” Sonderman says.
Other menu items that star barbecue meat from DCity Smokehouse a few doors down include brisket chili nachos with all of the fixings; a take on a Kentucky hot brown; and Smokehouse BBQ sliders. Once Wicked Bloom is up and running, Sonderman will make his foray into fish by rolling out menu items like smoked trout dip and a smoked shrimp salad roll. In a way, DCity Smokehouse is returning to its roots—the Hot Trout Grill was a former tenant of the address.
Die-hard fans of menu items like the Meaty Palmer also have the option of ordering food at DCity Smokehouse and walking it over to Wicked Bloom. Sonderman says the new bar will essentially serve as DCity Smokehouse’s dining room from noon until 5 p.m. when the bar food menu kicks in.
Drink-wise, expect a short, playful cocktail list from bar manager Ben Matz in the $9 to $12 price range. “With DCity Smokehouse, we’re not locked into a regional style of BBQ, so I didn’t want to be locked into one style of cocktail,” says Matz, who was most recently with Eat The Rich. That being said, he will lean heavily on Scotch, rye, and mezcal. His Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire, for example, contains Mezcal, lime, pomegranate, and habanero. Local beers and a small selection of wine will also be available.
A peek at the space reveals a farmhouse-meets-mad-scientist-lab look with reclaimed materials including church pew seating, fruit and vegetable crates, and old books no one is likely to lift given titles like Europa in Limbo and Clinical Diagnoses. There are also three flat screen TVs that will show sports.
Both DCity Smokehouse and Wicked Bloom DC Social Club are Southeast Restaurant Group projects. “The name refers to the blooming development across the District and wicked is the concoctions we are mixing up with our crafted drinks,” says the group’s president, Melvin Hines.
Note that this project is separate from the DCity Smokehouse expansion project slated for 2016 when the Bloomingdale smokehouse will shutter and slide over to a larger space at 1700 Second St. NW.
The doors to Wicked Bloom DC Social Club will open at 5 p.m. Friday, marking the grand opening.
Regular operating hours will be Tues.-Fri. 12 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-3 a.m., and Sunday 12 p.m.-1 a.m.