Todd Thrasher, the lauded wine and spirits devotee and multi-year James Beard Award finalist, opened the doors to his own highly anticipated Potomac Distilling Company on DC’s buzzing District Wharf. Nearly two years in the making, the project is Thrasher’s first venture into spirits production and an exciting transition from a storied career as one of the Beltway’s most celebrated barman. Potomac Distilling Company houses a three-story Polynesian-style Tiki bar, Tiki TNT, which draws inspiration from countless rum-sodden scuba diving adventures throughout the South Pacific and West Indies during Thrasher’s time as a dive master. The complex houses the urban rum distillery, which will produce four varieties of Thrasher’s Rum – White, Gold, Spiced, and Green Spiced, a one-of-a-kind botanical blend made to impart flavors of gin with herbs grown on the distillery’s rooftop garden.
Tiki TNT is now the go-to site for a buzzy, laid-back, and fast-casual bite, day-drinking hangout, pre-concert pit stop, or post-meal nightcap. The three-story restaurant space will transport diners to remote islands – guests enter beneath floating Tiki huts and past a bamboo host stand, into an airy space decorated with banana leaf wall coverings, colorful floor-to-ceiling skull and totem pole murals, and a rooftop fire pit. Brimming with genuine elements of exotic touches in stark contrast to the theatrical take of Tiki bars begun in the 1950s.
The menu showcases no frills beach-inspired eats, uniquely produced by executive chef Larry Blevin in collaboration with some of DC's best chefs including Erik Bruner-Yang, Bryan Voltaggio, and David Guas. Thrasher’s nationally acclaimed cocktails and his intoxicating island-style drinks are poured into his personal collection of authentic tiki mugs. Industry offerings, like a $10 Family Meal, which earns industry folks a plate of food, shot of Thrasher’s Rum, and a beer, make Tiki TNT the place to be late night, the type a bar where one might find themselves rubbing elbows with some of the city’s most talented chefs. After years as the spirit-representative for a number of the area’s most buttoned-up dining rooms, Thrasher is taking a breezier approach here – he wants his guests to do one thing and one thing only: Have a Blast!
1130 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024