Behold the brand new Firefly, which reopened on Saturday in Dupont Circle just a month after the decade-old restaurant first announcied its renovation plan. After three weeks and $300,000, there is a lot to re-learn about Firefly — starting with the swing that has been installed beneath that signature tree at the restaurant's entrance. In addition to other design updates, Firefly regulars can also look forward to a new cocktail program led by former Gibson general manager Jon Harris and a new menu at the bar.
Beyond the tree swing, Firefly has transformed its kitchen windows to look like those at a cottage, while the team also added about 10 more seats to the bar/lounge area. Per a release, they've also added "a custom designed ceiling emulating the ethereal light of a firefly" and just generally given the space a more woodsy look.
But most of the changes at the new Firefly seem to come over at the bar where Harris has developed a brand new drink menu with house cocktails and and non-alcoholic options. Among these are the Nachtmusik made with Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, white wine, St. Germain and orange bitters. And his non-alcoholic options are all $5 and include variations on a gin & tonic, a cosmo and a beer.
Meanwhile, chef Danny Bortnick has added things like pimento fritters and roasted pumpkin hummus to the bar menu. Happy hour will be offered weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature some of the bar menu items — deviled eggs, pickled vegetables, parmesan truffle fries and that hummus — for $5 apiece, plus $5 for certain classic cocktails, draft beer and wine selections.