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Y&H now has more details on Harold Black, the new “speakeasy” that Acqua Al 2‘s owners will open above their Eastern Market restaurant at 212 7th St. SE on Tuesday.
Co-owner Ari Gejdenson tells Y&H that Harold Black is the name of his grandfather. “He was quite a Washingtonian, and he was a historian,” Gejdenson says. “We wanted to create a space in remembrance of him.” The 1920s-style bar consists of a total of 26 seats, including four booths. Gejdenson says they’ve tried to make the space look like someone’s home.
Former Palena bar manager Maro Stanicic, who’s also worked at Local 16 and Sonoma, will man the bar. His cocktail menu will consist of nine $14 “Elixirs.” (Check out the full selection above.) There will also be a small selection of wines and beers as well as spirits in groups of four (four gins, four tequilas, four scotches, etc.).
Suna chef Johnny Spero will supply the bar snacks ($6-9), which include pastrami beef tongue wrapped around a crostini, bar nuts with almonds fried in brown butter, a pickle plate, and puffed pork skins and vegetables (including fennel, beet, and potato crackers).
The speakeasy will be reservation-only. Guests will be able to make reservations by texting a number that will be released sometime in the next few days.
UPDATE 1/8/13: Harold Black has lowered the price of its cocktails from $14 to $12.