Here's some exciting news to kick off your weekend: additional details on the next-door bar planned by the Stateside team.
Stateside owners Eric Johnson and Seth Hammond are planning to call their project Foreign National, and it will involve a "small cocktail lounge" with 25 seats and a menu with "an exotic cocktail list and Asian-inspired drinking snacks."
The beverage program will feature cocktails emphasizing unusual fresh ingredients as well as familiar products used in unfamiliar ways. The thoughtfully chosen spirits selection will headline and beer will represent Asia heavily in all its facets. There will be periodic "Bia Hoi" parties (Fresh Beer in Vietnamese) highlighting small batch local draft beer in the style of Vietnam’s ubiquitous beer cafés of the same name.
Foreign National will have a small food menu and will serve 5-7 drinking snacks on a nightly basis referencing classics and interpretations from all around Asia.
Designed by Callie Meyer (Stateside), the mood will be that of a secret expat watering hole with a vintage "loungey" vibe. A dark and moody space, the room will sparkle from a 4-foot handmade retro disco ball and shimmery late-seventies wallpaper from France.
A perfect spot for a pre-dinner visit, date night or nightcap, Foreign National will also host regular concept dinners limited only by the imagination. The space will be capable of hosting private events of up to 22 seated, and 40 standing.
Foreign National will hopefully open in June with hours from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.