Urbana Set to Open Thursday

Urbana, the restaurant in the brand spanking new Hotel Palomar, is slated to open for dinner Thursday.

The former site of Gabriel, the restaurant's space on P Street has undergone a complete renovation. Designed to evoke an old world Tuscan wine cellar, the Kimpton restaurant offers 173 seats, a lounge and details of white marble and dark oak. On the menu will be dishes inspired by Northern Italy and Southern France, as well as 30 wines by the glass and about six quartinos (or 250 ml).

Heading the kitchen will be chef Richard Brandenburg, a native of the D.C. area who has worked at Le Bernardin in New York City, Fifth Floor in San Francisco and Atelier in London. Locally, Brandenburg worked in the kitchens at Restaurant Nora and Red Sage, according to Tom Sietsema's Weekly Dish in the Post.

I'm a sucker for a well-made cocktail, and Urbana's bar will be pouring cocktails created by Jacques Bezuidenhout, a master mixologist who has made a name at Harry Denton's Starlight Room in San Francisco, where he designed a $650 Champagne cocktail. (For that price, you do get the leftovers of the magnum bottle of Dom Perignon.)

Lunch service at Urbana is scheduled to start July 31. You can read my take on Kimpton's contributions to D.C. here.

2121 P St. NW