The Progress Theatre; opened in 1911. The Progress; 2014: A vehicle for a completely local production. Innovative banquet-style meals served with memorable wines. The greatest dinner party ever. Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski. The majestic The Progress, is an early 20th-century theater turned showcase of modern style with sculptural, sloping wooden walls, hexagonal tiled floors and a bar accented in bronze and crowned in living plants and branches. A passion project for chef-owners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski (also the proprietor-chefs of the Michelin starred State Bird Provisions next door), the focus at The Progress is on banquet-style meals meant for sharing.
Local producers provide the ingredients for dishes like quail egg roti with greens and fondue, lamb shank meatballs with wine-braised onions and prunes, and duck with spicy peanuts, Thai basil and smoked chili vinegar served on specially designed pottery from Mary Mar Keenan.
Memorable wines adorn the drink list, along with reinterpreted classic cocktails like a martini with smoked castelvetrano olive juice and rosemary oil. The a la carte meal is bookended by desserts like espresso sugar doughnuts with black sesame ice cream, coconut curd and candied kumquat made by Krasinski.