Chef Robert Wiedmaier is letting his hair down with his newest concept for downtown Bethesda, a San Francisco-inspired rock ‘n’ roll music hall called Villain & Saint. It will host nightly gigs at 9 p.m. for bands from the D.C. area and farther flung locales. The menu will be "bohemian" with a heavy emphasis on falafel and vegetable dishes. And heading up the kitchen will be Chef Tom Meyer, recently of Peche restaurant in Dupont Circle. At the bar, find premium whiskies and bourbons, American beers and cocktails. On Sunday, Villain & Saint will host jazz brunches.
The decor is meant to channel Saint Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, with lava lamps and beaded curtains, as well as a pressed tin ceiling and a mural of musical legends. And there will even be closed-circuit televisions on the patio to bring performances to guests outside. For opening night, The Lloyd Dobler Effect will play on April 16, starting at 9 p.m. with no cover.