Bethesda residents will have a new dining option for dinner on Tuesday thanks to DoubleTree Bethesda.
On Tuesday, DoubleTree will open its new restaurant, Share Wine Lounge and Small Plate Bistro, which will feature American dishes with a creative twist.
Share will take over the space formerly occupied by the OZ.
“The cuisine is very creative using seasonal and fresh ingredients,” said Craig Luparello, director of food and beverage at DoubleTree in Bethesda. “I think people will see a very interesting menu with a comfort to the food but also a flare to the season’s specialties. The menu consists of both entrees and small plates, which incorporates a sharing concept.”
Some of the dishes on the menu include an herb roasted French breast chicken with garlic spinach, gnocchi, and pan broth, an Atlantic salmon cedar plank roasted with asparagus and smoky tomato chutney, and an avocado bruschetta with cilantro, chilli pepper, garlic and olive oil.
Many aspects of Share will differ from DoubleTree’s former restaurant, OZ, Luparello says.
“We thought OZ was a little bit pretentious and we wanted to move away from that,” he said. “Share’s menu is much more approachable. Almost everything is under $20, which is a step away from OZ where everything was over $20.”
Although DoubleTree did not do any major renovations to the restaurant space, they have incorporated dining options for large groups, with Share’s “anti-Bored” room.
“The anti-Bored room—which is a semi-private room—has a big communal table and is perfect for groups from 8 to 20, which I think a lot of people will love,” Luparello said. “It’s perfect for a celebration like a rehearsal dinner or a birthday.”
Share will also feature daily specials, happy hour and many wines by the glass.
“We have a big blackboard where we’ll list our daily specials,” Luparello said. “We also have an 'action kitchen' in the back of the restaurant so diners will be able to dine in that area and see the chefs in action.”
DoubleTree is gearing up to share their new dining experience with Bethesda.
“We’re really excited for Tuesday,” Luparello says. “We think the community will really enjoy Share.”