Specialty cocktails—all $8 despite the fact that they incorporate trendy ingredients such as house-made bitters and infused syrups—and the rest of the menu have yet to be sampled because the restaurant officially opens tonight. Beer and wine prices hover between $5 and $10, with the most expensive wine topping out at $12.
While we weren’t able to sample much of the menu at last week’s press event, chef Ben Gilligan, who’s also a part owner, showed us around what he likens to a tiny submarine kitchen with the pride of someone who has put his own sweat into it. He and his partners have been working to open Room 11 for about a year, and their creative group of friends—which includes artists and musicians—put their personal stamp on the place.
Cool touches include an end-grain floor that has the look of wooden bricks, fancy wallpaper in the women’s bathroom, and metal screens that recall the ones found in church confessionals. The owners’ friends were recruited to make curtains and donate plants, and one owner’s wife is a partner in the Paisley Fig bakery, which provides the desserts.
The community spirit is already here. This funky, cozy place is just waiting for its neighborhood to arrive.
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