Tonight's the night for restaurant-within-a-restaurant Bogie's Place, a 20-seat, 1920s-style steakhouse that exists within the confines of downtown bar and restaurant jm Curley. "Reservations are strongly encouraged due to the, shall we say, 'intimacy' of the room," says general manager Suzanne Dagenais. As for the menu, "classic steakhouse fare" will be complemented by "some surprises" and a "Bogies Seven" seasonal menu that changes monthly, coinciding with jm Curley's "Sammy's 7" specials.
UrbanDaddy has a copy of the January menu; steaks range from a $16 flat iron to a $40 cowboy cut, and there's also a "four grain 't-bone'" for vegetarians. The starting "Bogies Seven" line-up features dishes like clams casino, a baked potato with a crispy pig ear, and trout almondine.
One of the coolest surprises, though, is the caviar service for $120. Bar manager Kevin Mabry describes it as a "complete Russian-style caviar service full of accoutrements and chilled vodka." There's martini service as well, which includes a choice of vermouth and appropriate accoutrements. The cocktail list features classics of the sidecar and old-fashioned era, all averaging around $11, and there's a small but solid selection of beers and wines as well.
The management has declined to allow prying camera lenses into Bogie's Place in order to preserve the "mystique" of the windowless, intimate space, but an early peek inside revealed a speakeasy feel, including a small dining bar. According to messages painted onto the wall leading into Bogie's Place, cell phone usage and children are not allowed.
Bogie's Place, named for actor Humphrey Bogart, will be open Monday through Saturday from 5 PM until 10 PM, and don't forget to make your reservation, get a babysitter, and detach yourself from your phone.