Though they've had a few nights of neighborhood socials — meet, eat and greets for friends and local businesses — Queenstown is officially open today. Eater gave you a preview of the menu, now come inside to see how designer Michael Soriano has transformed a historic home in Little Italy into an indoor/outdoor dining space that he calls an "everyman's property that you can dress up or dress down". There's an upscale dining parlor, a bustling bar area and two family-friendly (dogs too) patios.
Co-owners PJ Lamont and Matt Baker (Bare Back Grill) took hold of the property more than a year before they started construction, but delays and complications due to the house's historical status shifted their energies to developing Ocean Beach's Raglan Public House, which they opened in early 2012.
That Queenstown's debuting now is fitting; the partners have decided that going forward, their future restaurant projects will be similarly food-focused and named after cities in New Zealand. Queentown's namesake is a Kiwi town popular with the action sports set, a mix of modern design and rural landscape, hence the puffy cotton sheep suspended from the parlor's ceiling.
In addition to lunch and dinner, Queenstown is also serving brunch. They'll start with offering the menu (shrimp and grits, pulled pork and cornbread) on Saturdays and Sundays, but in a few weeks will extend to daily brunch/breakfast service.