The Shroom Room will mix mushrooms and music in Columbia Heights

Mike Kempenich, also called The Gentleman Forager, is opening the Shroom Room (4030 Central Av. in Columbia Heights) this spring. The music and meals venue is situated contained in the Central Combine constructing and can host common evenings of effective eating blended with reveals with native bands.

Most nights will kick off with a cocktail hour adopted by a present, then a five-course dinner that features the band sitting down with friends to share a meal made by a neighborhood chef incorporating foraged substances. (Cooks Taylor O’Brien and Ashley Estrada will begin what is going to possible change into a rotation.)

“The meals may have a wild twist,” mentioned Kempenich, who additionally used to function Forest to Fork at Keg and Case.

The concept for the Shroom Room shaped through the pandemic summers when Kempenich labored with Keg and Case to curate out of doors music reveals. “I actually wished to recreate that vibe” of households and other people from the neighborhood gathering collectively, he mentioned.

“I had a buddy who launched me to the constructing proprietor,” Kempenich mentioned of the Columbia Heights location. “Once I bought over there, all these concepts started coming collectively.” The room was constructed to be an grownup day facility, full with a full-size business kitchen. (Some diners will keep in mind it as the placement of The Underground pop-up dinner collection.)

There will likely be a full bar with plans to make use of substances introduced in from foraging forays within the drinks. Attendance will possible be capped at round 100 individuals, however the facility might maintain as much as 250.

Plans are nonetheless unfurling like little fiddleheads poking by way of the forest flooring. “The issue is retaining the concepts to a manageable quantity,” he mentioned. However it’s attainable that the bar will rework right into a espresso store by day, serving mushroom teas, espresso and possibly a couple of retail objects.

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