Last night, eaters interested in meeting late-night finer dining grabbed a seat at the soft opening of The Rabbit Hole Dinner and Drinks, an eclectic, small plates partnership between co-owner Joe Campana, his silent money guy, head chef Josh Beemer and chef de cuisine Aaron Retka. (See the restaurant's background here and here.)
Campana seems to be going all-in, as a full staff of six or eight black-clad, mostly-female servers, and a few bartenders, dished samples of the menu's roughly 30 fairly complex items to a packed room of friends, family, well-wishers and anybody else who saw the Facebook invite.
And despite the menu's joie de vivre — saag paneer ravioli with saffron-chive oil anyone? — Campana says it was designed to be fairly easy to pull off with a small crew in in a small kitchen. (Speaking of, the dinner-only strategy's a good bet, with a basic lack of prep space available in the galley-style kitchen for dual meal work.)
If you stop by the officially-open restaurant today, or any day, let us know what you think. We're going to save any critical notes for our full review, so here's a full summer menu and some pics in the meantime.