The man behind D.C.’s restaurant scene, Griz Dwight of firm GrizForm Design Architects, has a new project in the works. The firm has teamed up with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to bring Radiator, a culinary-focused cocktail bar and neighborhood gathering place, to the capitol this spring. Adjacent to the new Mason & Rook Hotel off of the 14th Street corridor, Radiator will offer rustic dishes, off-the-beaten path spirits, and a design that pays homage to the area’s rich automotive past (the street was once home to many mid-20th century car dealerships and auto repair shops).
The neighborhood’s unique history will be infused throughout—think garage door-inspired walls, checkerboard floors, vintage car parts on display, and industrial accents. The cocktail bar will offer a large, 57-seat bar area that will includes a communal table and a comfortable lounge area decked out in rich woods and leather, and a 23-seat lounge spot will feature several nooks where small groups can gather. The space will be outfitted with playful diversions and games, such as backgammon, dominoes, checkers and chess. During warmer months, guests will enjoy an outdoor patio with a large fire pit and a shuffleboard court under a retractable mesh overhang.