First off, don't be caught calling Kingfisher a restaurant. It's a bar, sans food.
"We don't have a kitchen of any sort. So that means people can bring in anything they'd like to eat," says co-owner Daniel Williams, formerly the general manager of Iron Horse Tap Room.
A popcorn machine will hand out kernels with "reckless abandon," he says, but outside food like Chipotle or Popeye's can also be brought in (both have outposts a block away). The menu will simply consist of all cans (beer and wine) and a full bar and a cocktail menu with simple and classic drinks, he said.
The retro-design details are aplenty. The back bar counter is made from old workbenches from a General Motors plant. And the lit window wall is made from factory windows from the old Budd Manufacturing plant in Philadelphia. For a whimsical touch, the back bar mirror is the middle part of an old carnival ride. "I think it might be part of a Cyclone, but I'm really not sure," says Williams. Furnishings were done by Carter Anderson of Ivy City Trading Company and the graphic art and murals were done by Billy Colbert, who has art space in Ivy City called Hyphen.
As for entertainment, a jukebox will play a selection of music, and the plan is to show a range of movies and old TV shows. Expect Trivia Tuesdays and a happy hour every day with $2 off of rail drinks, wines, and select beers.
With a newly-granted liquor license in tow, a small friends and family party will be held tonight and a grand opening shindig will go down on Saturday.
UPDATE: Here's the menu:
Kingfisher, 1414 14th St. NW; website