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Just a few weeks ago, Quench announced itself as a cocktail bar and restaurant destined for Rockville from first-time restaurateur Michael Holstein, executive chef Richard Gunter and beverage director Steve Oshana. Eater got a first look inside the restaurant as crews complete construction to find out what's in store for the people of Rockville — what Oshana says is an attempt to "recreate the urban experience in the suburbs."
For starters, Quench is going to offer 40-plus cocktails, including classics, their own creations, a few cocktails Oshana is bringing over from his last post at Elisir, skinny cocktails, mocktails for the non-imbibers and, yes, cocktails for kids. Well, kind of: raspberry frappuccinos and bubblegum lemonade are on that list. They'll also have 15 wines by the glass, and while there will be two rotating drafts, most of the beer will come in cans. There will be brunch cocktails and coffee cocktails, and Quench is getting its own coffee roast, too.
The menu is being dubbed "progressive American" and is mostly small plates. Gunter tells Eater his menu — still in the works — is refined bar food that is "meant to be playful." For example, there's a sandwich named tongue-and-cheek made with corned beef tongue and pastrami. There are a couple homages to Washington: a half-smoke and wings in mumbo sauce. There's no lunch service at the restaurant per se, but Gunter says the plan is to coerce popular downtown food trucks out to Rockville for lunch on Fridays.
Though brunch won't roll out right away, that menu features a burger with bacon, egg, cheese and a fried egg in between, you guessed it, a doughnut. For all the suburbanites with kids, they'll show classic cartoons during brunch from 11-3 on both weekend days.
As far as the space goes, it isn't much yet, but when completed the dining room will seat 45, with another 16 at the bar and 25 seats out on the patio. There will be a lounge off to the left as you enter, two TVS, a red, waxy floor and Ball jars as light fixtures over the bar, which is stained wood with granite countertops. Look for a soft opening during the first week of May and grand opening shortly thereafter.