Jose Garces has stuck a nightclub in below his Cuban diner, Rosa Blanca, and he's ready to unveil it to the public this week. Nacional 56 will debut on Wednesday, November 26 at 7 p.m., with music from DJ June Rodriguez and Philadelphia-based band De Tierra Caliente.
To get to the new bar and nightclub, which will be open every Wednesday through Saturday, you'll enter through Rosa Blanca. (There's no cover charge.) Nacional 56 will serve cocktails, beer, and wine, plus snacks like croquetas, empanadas, and a mix of pork rinds and adobo-spiced popcorn.
The new downstairs lounge will open at 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, with happy hour until 7 p.m. It will be open (with plenty of music and dancing, of course) until midnight on Wednesday and Thursday. But on Friday and Saturday, the party will spill over upstairs into Rosa Blanca beginning at 10 p.m., with different options for music in each space. (On weekends, things will wrap up at 1 a.m.)
Garces has partnered for this project with Pena Productions, who operate a number of nightclubs in casino resorts, starting with the Atlantic City-based "'70s- and '80s-themed" bar Boogie Nights.