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Cool Cocktail Haven Opens Up in a Former Ironwork Shop

Henderson Avenue’s Newest Hotspot Brings Instant Patio Cred and Global Food

BY // 04.12.18
photography Ben Gibson

A friend and I were Ubering down Henderson Avenue last week when I spotted Smithy, and I couldn’t help but wonder aloud “Why haven’t we been there?!” (I’m a sucker for a cute patio and cute signage.) It turns out there was a pretty good reason: The trendy cocktail spot had yet to open.

Smithy, the newest concept from Hatten Luke Hospitality Group (which is also behind The Woolworth bar), kicked open its doors for dinner service on Tuesday, and plans to add lunch and brunch in the near future.

The name is an English abbreviation of Blacksmith, inspired by the space’s original tenant, Henry Potter’s Ironwork shop. The new owners took inspiration from the venue’s industrial past for its renovation, bringing in rustic elements of black steel, wood, and a blacksmith-themed mural. The covered outdoor patio, complete with greenery, was the part that caught my eye.

As far as food, Smithy dabbles in global flavors but keeps things familiar and approachable. The rotating menu offers everything from soba bowls to chips and queso to Italian zoodles (zucchini noodles).

“Influences such as Asian, French, Mexican and American will keep you guessing on what to order or share,” co-owner Brandon Luke says in a statement.

The bar program, led by beverage director Mike Hernandez of The Woolworth, will include meticulously crafted cocktails, as well as local draft beers, and a selection of wines. Like the cuisine, the beverages are inspired by a variety of global flavors, from Japanese whiskey to Aperol. You can expect the same culinary touch (lots of locally-sourced ingredients) that’s found at The Woolworth bar.

It feels a little more casual than its downtown sister, but, honestly, it looks better.

Smithy, located at 2927 Henderson Ave., is now open for dinner Tuesdays through Thursdays, 4 pm to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays 4 pm to 2 am. 

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