The 3,000-square-foot restaurant will be situated in developer JBG's new 244-unit 7770 Norfolk condominium building in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. It will seat about 80 diners outside and an additional 80 on its wraparound patio.
Community will also have a walk-up window selling $1 coffee and $1 doughnuts, with 25 cents of each purchase going to a local charity, Bucher said. For night owls, the lounge, featuring '30s- and '40s-inspired cocktails, will be open until 2 a.m. seven days a week.
Expect some eye-popping items on the menu, including enormous pancakes and a sundae that feeds 15 (eat it yourself in one sitting and it's free...).
"I'm known for big," said Bucher, who developed a 9-pound burger for BGR (the company was sold earlier this year). Community will also showcase burgers, including some more involved patties Bucher could never get on the menu at BGR. Think a black truffle patty melt, a poutine burger and an egg-in-a-burger. The buns will be topped with crushed sour cream and onion potato chips instead of sesame seeds.
To help design the space, Bucher has enlisted Philadelphia-based architect Richard Stokes, who worked on 14th Street's Le Diplomate. Bucher would like Community to have the same kind of draw in Bethesda.
"We want to give everyone another place to gather," he said.
Community, 7770 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda. Opening spring 2016.