On Saturday, Porter and I were honored to host the preview of the beautiful new Williamsburg bar, Donna.
Leif Huckman (Goat Town), a decade-long veteran of the New York restaurant and entertainment scene, had the vision for Donna and brought together the teams to make it a reality.
He enlisted brothers Evan and Oliver Haslegrave, founders of the Brooklyn-based design and construction firm hOmE, to transform the old flop house on the corner of Broadway and Dunham Place (one block east of Kent) into a space that evokes both an art deco parlor room and a Spanish colonial cathedral. Incredibly, the entire interior is new to the space, save for the beautiful etched doors. The vaulted plaster ceilings replaced decaying tin and reclaimed wood covers the floors. The Haslegraves designed all the lighting and the countertops are a wonderful, simple poured cement composite.
Jeremy Oertel (Dram) developed the rum-heavy cocktail menu offering variations on classic drinks, while Jessica Wilson (formerly of Prune) is behind the menu of Latin-inspired small plates.
So many thanks to our friends Warner Lewis and Ari Harkov who helped Leif with the business end of creating Donna - and invited us to throw the opening celebration. Photos of that to follow!
Donna is open to the public tonight!
27 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
Follow them on Twitter at @donnabklyn
The banquettes are covered in leather strips, which also cover the edges of the cafe tables.
Photos by Porter Hovey