There are a lot of changes happening for Chef Jamie Leeds these days. Not only does she look like a new person, but her newest cocktail bar concept is totally different, too!
Leeds, the Chef/Owner of the three Hank’s Oyster Bars in and around DC, recently announced her newest concept, Twisted Horn. This new venue, a cocktail and small bites bar, is set for a Spring 2015 opening in Petworth (819 Upshur Street, NW) in a reincarnated old church.
“Jamie has a really cool vision” for the space, according to Megan Coyle, current Beverage Director at Hank’s in Dupont who will serve as the General Manager — and head Twisted Horn’s cocktail program — after opening. A preview of Coyle’s cocktail list includes Dance of the Seven Veils (Mezcal, cocchi torino, currant and orange oil jam, whole egg, topped with saffron), Ghostwood Development (gin, port, Sapins aperitif, Salmiakki Dala, egg, fresh nutmeg, black pepper), and Louisiana Purchase (cognac, dry and red vermouth, Bénédictine liqueur, muddled cucumber).
Twisted’s food menu is elegant with a bit of whimsy, meant mainly for indulgent snacking. Guests will be greeted with jars of pickles on the bar before selecting from items like Herb Puffed Escargot served on a stick, Hank’s Mac n’ Cheesy Fritters, Tuna Melt Crostini, or French Onion Dip with Chips. Keeping to her personal promise, she’s keeping things in the neighborhood by staying “micro-local” with ingredients as much as possible. Straw, Stick & Brick Delicatessen, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, and Qualia Coffee are some of the neighbors from whom she’ll be sourcing.
“I’ve always dreamed of owning a really cool bar. Since my recent move to Petworth, I wanted to create a neighborhood bar that I can hang out in and meet my neighbors,” says Leeds.
Expect a welcoming, though edgy and industrial atmosphere, centered around the space’s main bar, as well as patio open in warmer weather.