Firefly Will Close Temporarily in September

The Dupont favorite shutters for renovations.

By: Jessica Voelker

The tree at Firefly. Photograph by Abdullah Pope.

Well, Citronelle will be dark for at least the next five months or so, and the hard-working staffers at Little Serow are currently on summer break (returning September 5). Then, of course, there's the Toledo Lounge, which will reopen as some place else entirely in a month and change. Now word comes that Firefly—the Southern-leaning restaurant at 1310 New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest—will shut its doors on September 10 for a remodel.


The makeover will create a clearer division between the dining room and bar area and expand the bar itself to include ten more seats. A bar top fashioned from recycled glass will also be installed. The lounge area will be updated to include new “banquettes, a tree root and wire sculpture, and [an] ivy wall facade,” according to press materials. Guests will wait for their tables on a porch swing that will hang from the restaurant's central design element—a candle-festooned faux tree that lends a certain Berenstain Bears woodsiness to the Firefly vibe. Other new elements include recycled-wood tables, updated upholstery, and sound panels. Also, the kitchen fa├žade will be transformed to look like the outside of a cottage, featuring salvaged windows through which guests will be able to see Chef Daniel Bortnick and his team at work in the kitchen.

If all goes according to plan, Firefly will reopen for dinner on Saturday, September 29. The updated concept is the work of District firm Grizform Design Architects.