FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Danielle Piacente
Linda Roth Associates, Inc.
Renowned New York restaurateur, Shelly Fireman
to bring his signature New York Italian Steak & Seafood House,
to Milt Peterson’s National Harbor on the Potomac
National Harbor, MD [January 14, 2010] — Why did one of America’s top restaurateurs, Shelly Fireman, choose to open his first restaurant outside of New York City, at Maryland’s National Harbor?
Shelly Fireman’s Fireman Hospitality Group, which owns and operates seven highly-acclaimed restaurants in New York City (Café Fiorello across from Lincoln Center, Trattoria Dell’Arte, Redeye Grill, Shelly’s Trattoria, Brooklyn Diner across from Carnegie Hall, Bond 45, and a second Brooklyn Diner in the Times Square Theater District), has selected a town that did not exist three years ago to launch his expansion. This year, for the first time, Fireman Hospitality Group will extend their acclaimed culinary expertise beyond New York to open Bond 45, a New York Italian Steak & Seafood House, at National Harbor on the Potomac (149 Waterfront Street; 301.839.1445) on January 25, 2010.
The design of Bond 45 in New York’s Theater District and at National Harbor is a collaboration between the Fireman Hospitality Group and multi-Tony award-winning Broadway set designer John Lee Beatty, whose credits include the highly lauded revivals of Chicago and The Color Purple.
With stunning views of the Potomac, Bond 45 will seat 275, featuring four glass conservatories that are ideal for private dining for groups of 10 to 28. Bond 45 will bring the hospitality and authentic Italian flavors of the eponymous New York eatery to the newly developed, upscale National Harbor complex, minutes from Washington, DC, and a short ferry ride or drive from Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Bond 45 in New York City is that rare Theater District restaurant that serves as a destination for great steaks and Italian cuisine and Bond 45 at National Harbor is poised to establish this same culinary reputation.
Executive Chef Daniele Turchetti of Bond 45 in New York and Brando d’Oliveira, Culinary Director for the Fireman Hospitality Group, will oversee the menu at Bond 45, National Harbor. In addition, Mama Perla Inguscio from Italy will provide her culinary inspiration and ensure the authenticity of the flavors for every item on the menu. Mama Perla’s reputation is well respected in Tuscany, where she had her own restaurant and also served as private chef for Shelly Fireman in his Tuscan home in Camaiore in the Province of Lucca.
Much of the restaurant ambience evokes a combination of old world Italy and the beauty of the Potomac waterfront. Upon entering the 1940’s style revolving door, guests will see a Venetian cicchetti bar offering complimentary bruschetti, cheese, olives and sardines. Passing through the kitchen (an Italian tradition), guests will notice the beef-aging locker and can choose to hand pick their freshly butchered steaks directly from a display case. An impressive Antipasto showcase features all of the fresh seafood, warm or cold meat and vegetable dishes prepared daily. Shrimp & Italian Whole Grain Barley, a bowl of Foie Gras Meatballs, Blue Island Clams Oreganata, Artichokes alla Guidea (a salute to Rome’s Jewish ghetto).and the Roman-Style Chopped Chicken Liver on grilled Tuscan bread are antipasti not to miss.
The bar will offer a large selection of wines by the glass and signature cocktails created especially for the Fireman Hospitality Group by master mixologist Dale DeGroff. Guests may eat at the bar or at one of the booths in the bar room, or proceed through the busy kitchen to one of three dining rooms and four glass conservatories.
Bond 45 will make its own Mozzarella and Burrata cheese daily, a complement to the famous Bond 45 antipasto platter of salumi and cured meats, including Sopressata, Bresaola, Prosciutto di Parma.
A walk through the kitchen reveals a colorful and whimsical Italian tile wall, marble floor tiles, art and sculpture. These and a collection of objects in the sculpture garden off the wine room were all hand-picked or commissioned by Shelly Fireman on his many trips to his home in Tuscany.
Bond 45’s steaks are available in two varieties – 28-day dry-aged prime or organic grass-fed choice. Many are available family-style for two, three, or four people. The Tagliata, sliced prime aged flat iron steaks, are traditional, regional Italian favorites offered with Gorgonzola. Toscana is offered with abalone mushrooms, Balsamico comes with a 12-year aged balsamic glaze or with Arugula, Radicchio & Grana Padano. These preparations are also available in the butcher’s tenderloin, a 16-ounce skirt steak made famous decades ago in New York City. Also on the menu is a vegetarian Seitan Steak Milanese.
As a steak and seafood house based in the heart of Maryland’s blue crab region, Bond 45 will offer what no other seafood house does – a Crab Steak – Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab steak which will certainly capture the guest’s imagination. Others specialties will include Turf & A Lot Of Surf, a half-pound lobster, filet mignon, shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, and linguini with tomato sauce, and the classic Double-Bone Pork Chop Milanese or Parmigana on the bone and Double-Cut Lamb Chops with cippolini onion chutney.
Bond 45 at National Harbor has a number of options for private dining. The Chef’s Table conservatory will seat 12 and offers an opposing view of the bustling kitchen as well as calming views of the Potomac and Marina below. Three additional conservatories will each accommodate up to 28 people and the wine room can seat another 30 diners. Bond 45’s patio, accommodating up to 50 people, will open in the spring.
Bond 45, located at 149 Waterfront Street in National Harbor, Maryland, will be open for dinner daily from 4:00pm to 11:00pm. The restaurant will open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday about a month after opening. For reservations and more information, call 301.839.1445 or visit http://www.bond45.com/.