COMINGS & GOINGS: Shaken, not stirred

Posted January 29, 2003 at 3:47pm

Capitol Hill will pick up a touch of swagger Feb. 11 when Lounge 201 opens its doors.

The martini bar and lounge, at Second and D streets Northeast, is designed to be “a combination of hip and fun, but still upscale,” explained owner Matt Weiss.

To create the lounge’s distinctive red-hued interior — which includes a sweeping red-resin bar — Weiss invested more than $800,000 into renovations for the basement location, which had been empty for two years after the Hunan on Capitol Hill restaurant shut its doors.

Allison Bozniak, who is serving as a press liaison for the lounge, described the location as a place where Hillites can come to “relax and entertain.”

In addition to the lounge’s main area — which features cushioned benches along the wall, red-and-animal-print-stripped ottomans, small tables with intimate lighting, and two pool tables — there is a club room, designed for use by private parties.

That room, which can be separated from the lounge by large doors, features what Weiss referred to as “modern classic” design. There is a dark wood bar with a granite top, and matching dark wood tables, love seats and leather chairs.

Although Weiss is a part-owner of both the Red River Grill and Politiki, he asserts that patrons will be hard-pressed to notice similarities between the establishments. “It’s a reflection of me,” he said of the new facility.

In addition to its menu of 17 martinis, the lounge will offer a selection of wines, beers and high-end liquors, as well as appetizers, sandwiches, salads, flat-bread pizzas and desserts.

The lounge will open at 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and will be closed Sundays and Mondays, except for private parties.

The lounge will host a preview party Feb. 8 and will open to the public at 10 p.m.

— Jennifer Yachnin