Williamsburg bar Donna shut down indefinitely by electrical fire


From Eater:

Donna, the popular Williamsburg cocktail bar, is closed for the foreseeable future after a devastating fire caused significant damage to the space this past Saturday night. An electrical fire broke out in the bar’s ceiling sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and quickly destroyed the space, but luckily, no one was injured.

After praising the quick response of the FDNY, Donna owner Leif Young Huckman posted a note on the Donna Facebook page announcing the news of the closure, saying, “closing our doors to you is a heart-wrenching choice to make, as is not being able to provide my incredible staff with steady employment, but it is a necessary one for the time being.” Huckman also put out a call for any bars or restaurants who can offer shifts to the now displaced Donna employees. This also means that Brooklyn Taco’s outpost inside Donna is now closed as well.

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“It evokes both an Art Deco parlor room and a Spanish colonial cathedral,” Huckman says of the décor. The dramatically rounded high ceiling — beautiful and impossible to ignore — disguises multiple layers of soundproofing, cushioning noise that might migrate upstairs to the neighbors. Bar stools are fastidiously and playfully tiled by hand in eight-bit patterns. Even the floors tell a story: Greenpoint’s Tall Cotton Supply sourced the reclaimed pine salvaged from a 1906 Philadelphia apartment building.

Like the décor, food and drink offerings are spirited and original. “The cocktail menu is lighthearted and approachable,” says the bar manager Jeremy Oertel (of Dram and Mayahuel). “Some of the drinks are stirred and boozy. Others are light and refreshing, and then I threw a couple oddballs in there just for fun.” Basically, there’s a tipple for everyone. Original concoctions include the subtly smoky Scarlet Fever: shaken tequila blanco, Mezcal, peach liqueur and lime juice, poured into a Champagne coupe and finished with a spicy salt rim. [Read more…]