The Antler Room is about to open on Hospital Hill, plus the week’s restaurant events
Since March, Leslie and Nick Goellner have gone over every detail of their soon-to-open new restaurant, the Antler Room. And it shows — their buildout of the space at 2506 Holmes Road (formerly Chips and Dips Mediterranean Café) is subtle and sophisticated, with custom woodwork in each room that highlights the custom tables (built by Leslie’s father, John), midcentury-inspired bentwood chairs and bar stools, and tasteful copper highlights throughout the space. The Goellners themselves planed and sanded much of the cedar now adorning the walls and on the base of the concrete-topped bar, having found a cache of cedar planks in the building’s basement.
The restaurant is divided between its two floors, with the ground level home to the regular dining room, bar and open kitchen, and private dining rooms upstairs that can accommodate up to 40 guests. The prep kitchen is also upstairs. When I dropped by last week, Nick Goellner was working there with sous chefs Nick Chiaro and Andrew Heimburger, joking together as they tested pasta recipes. A variety of handmade noodles and shaped pastas were arranged on a baking tray.