Together with his Damn Good Hospitality Group, hospitality veteran Jeff John will soon introduce Warren, an “American whiskey kitchen,” to the Delray Beach food scene.
In the casual sophistication of its decor and the thoughtfulness of its menus, John’s intention with Warren is to pay homage to his late uncle, Warren John, who’s described as “an illustrious bachelor, collector of unique artifacts, and lover of fine whiskey and food.” In creating the restaurant, John wanted every detail to work together to honor his uncle’s legacy—and make kindred spirits feel right at home.
Upon its June 15 debut, the 6,000 square-foot space (with 4,000 of that indoors and 2,000 outdoors) will sport wood flooring, dim lighting, and rich leathers and velvets.
The focal point, however, is the old-world whiskey wall—which will feature bottles “as rare as Warren John’s artifacts themselves” and treasures from Jeff John’s ten-plus years of collecting spirits. At 900 bottles, it will be the largest whiskey library in South Florida, not to mention its most impressive: enthusiasts will drool at the sight of some of the rarest whiskeys in the world, including Macallan 50, Double Eagle Very Rare, Michter’s Celebration, the entire line of Last Drop Whiskey, and all vintages of Pappy Van Winkle.
While the restaurant’s main bar will have seats for 26, there’s also a four-person bar and 12-person chef’s table for private dining experiences and exclusive whiskey tastings with master distillers and ambassadors.
Speaking of dining, expect American cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, presented in the form of both shareable plates and entrée-size highlights like St. Louis-style ribs and even an eye-popping tomahawk steak.
Just don’t forget to save room for a little something sweet: playing to the whimsy Warren John was known for, freshly made cotton candy arrives to close out every meal.
The “local favorite” status of other Damn Good Hospitality Group successes (like CWS Bar + Kitchen in Lake Worth Beach and Stache, Backyard, Revolution Live, and Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale) bodes well for Warren—and the Delray Beach whiskey lovers who just might find a new favorite spot.
Warren will be located at 15084 Lyons Road in Delray Beach. For more information, follow @warren_delray on social media or visit the website.