GOING UNDER THE KNIFE: One of the top-grade spots to enjoy beef in a city marbled with options, J&G Steakhouse is closing Aug. 4 for a redesign. The plan is to make the upscale restaurant, which opened in the W Hotel in 2009, “more playful and energetic,” says John Leinhardt, the restaurant’s new general manager.
New York-based Elemental Interiors is in charge of the redo. “We inherited a space that was a white envelope with muted colors,” says Megan Downing, a partner in the company. The soaring space is being rethought with giant hanging lanterns, darker walls, more banquettes and an abstract photo of the Capitol dome where fabric art once hung. In response to customer feedback, the dining room is gaining an intimate bar of its own. Named for the restaurant’s address, Bar 515 will feature six stools and a communal high-top table on the ground floor.