There’s another restaurant on the horizon for restaurateur Reese Gardner and his Wooden Nickel Bar Company – the same company behind Copperwood Tavern, Irish Whiskey Public House, Wilson Tavern and Mighty Pint. His next restaurant will be called Union Social, and it’s opening in NOMA with a train station/bus terminal theme.
“Imagine walking into a smaller Union Station that’s a bar,” Reese Gardner told InTheCapital. It should come as no surprise that he’s once again tapped artist and design wiz Maggie O’Neill to decorate the space. O’Neill also decorated Copperwood Tavern with a rustic Appalachian theme, and gave Irish Whiskey Public House barrel walls and exposed-brick whiskey cubbies. At Union Social, subway tile, marble, steel and cement elements will fill the 5,600-square-foot space. Diners will be able to eat inside, or eat outside on a tree-lined patio. He’s also enlisted the help of the architects at Studio 3877 to work with O’Neill to build out the space.
The menu will be similar to the theme at Copperwood Tavern. Chef Alan Javery is developing a farm-to-table menu for Union Social with small plates and family-style dishes big enough to share. Chef Javery, who studied at the French Culinary Institute and also runs the kitchen at Copperwood Tavern, will be promoted to corporate brand chef for Wooden Nickel’s restaurants.
Union Social is slated to open in October 2014.