Best Out of Market Expansion

Best Out of Market Expansion

Clique Hospitality

Blossom Bar & Lounge rendering

Blossom Bar & Lounge rendering

Hearthstone, Salute, Clique Lounge, Libre, The Still, Borracha, Bottiglia—Clique Hospitality and partners Andy Masi, Brian Massie and Shane Monaco have flooded the local market with seven fun, innovative and delicious food and beverage concepts in less than two years. And now the Las Vegas-based culinary influencers are expanding to both San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Clique will install both Felt Bar & Lounge and Blossom Bar & Lounge in the D.C.-adjacent National Harbor, and Lionfish and Oxford Social Club at the Pendry by Montage Resorts in San Diego—all opening in December.

Lionfish by chef Jojo Ruiz will serve the day’s fresh catch in a two-story space above bustling 5th Street. The theme is healthful, sustainable, design driven and eccentric but never excessive. Dishes will include Hawaiian big-eye tuna, Baja hiramasa, ora king salmon, crab Oscar on toast and seared scallops with brown butter, roasted pistachios and preserved lemon. Also at the Pendry, Oxford Social Club will be a lauded addition to San Diego’s booming nightlife scene with music, sophisticated cocktails and a big-night-out vibe.

At National Harbor, Felt Bar & Lounge, an indoor/outdoor environment with live music and a DJ, will offer three environments: cozy chairs for conversation, communal tables for revelry and ample space for dancing. There will also be a fire pit and stunning views of the nation’s capital. Expect to see Clique’s signature tableside mixology here, as well. At Blossom Bar & Lounge, the vibe will be high-energy gaming with 24-hour machines and tables, modern cocktails, fun shooters and craft and imported beers, all served under an ornate cherry blossom canopy. Now that’s worth booking a flight for. CliqueHospitality.com.

2016 Dining Awards