Finally there's a taker for the long-shuttered former Farina on 18th Street, and it's a high-profile one: the team of Ravi Kapur, Jeff Hanak, and chef David Golovin. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant will be the first expansion of the partnership of Kapur and Hanak, who opened Liholiho Yacht Club in 2015 and a downstairs lounge called Louie's Gen-Gen Room the following year.
According to an announcement Tuesday morning, Golovin will be leading the kitchen at the new restaurant, which is aiming to open by Fall 2019. The focus will be Eastern European, with an emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients, preservation, smoked and grilled meats, smoked fish, and "whole vegetable cookery."
Hanak, a managing partner of NOPA and Nopalito before partnering with Kapur on Liholiho, will serve as managing partner here along with Kapur.
As they say in the release, "Chef David's past experiences in the kitchens of Spruce, Village Pub, Rubicon, Citron, Lumiere (Vancouver), La Folie, and NOPA have prepared him for his next step as Chef/Partner."
The slickly designed Farina location at 3560 18th Street — which shuttered abruptly in 2017 amid rumors of big debts — will get an update by Seth Boor of Boor Projects. Coincidentally, designer Brett Terpeluk, who was the original architect behind Farina back in 2007, was also the designer behind Liholiho.
The team says we can expect a "well curated cocktail program" as well as wine and beer to go with Golovin's food. And the rooftop patio and bar, which was only occasionally open at Farina, will be revived as well, possibly at a later date — details on that TBA.
In related news, the Farina Pizza space down the street — which the Farina Group was finally forced out of by US Marshals in late 2017 — is becoming Flour + Water Pizzeria this spring, as Eater reported last month.