Exclusive first look: Frank Bonanno's Vesper Lounge opens tonight
Hodak is also featuring seven cocktails, three of which will be dispensed from a refurbished 1950s Coke machine, while the remaining four, he says, will be "truly drafted" cocktails from a tap. "We'll be able to carbonate cocktails as well as pour still," he adds, noting that he's designed a syllabus that includes a Moscow mule, an old-fashioned, mai tais, gin fizzes, boulevardiers and palomas.
The quarters flaunt a jukebox, too, as well as board games and a "holy water" dispenser stocked with candy; in the future, says Bonanno, the lounge may play host to Geeks Who Drink trivia gatherings. And brunch, he reveals, will be added next spring, once the patio opens. Bonanno also built a garage door in the second dining area that opens to the streetscape.
Vesper is open seven nights a week, from 4 p.m. to close -- which Bonanno muses will be around 1 a.m. "Nothing good can come after 1 a.m.," he jokes. Last night, I had the chance to check out the remodel and the food (I highly recommend the fresh Colorado lamb pita), and brought back an exclusive gallery of photos.