NoPa Kitchen+Bar, a modern American brasserie with a French inflection, is set to debut next week in the Penn Quarter. Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj invited us for an advance look, and it’s a wow. It’s hard to imagine that the airy, light-filled bar and sophisticated dining rooms were crafted from the space formerly occupied by the dark, spy-themed Zola. Expect an industrial chic backdrop for drinks and meet-ups in the bar lounge, and for casual, business and celebratory lunches and dinners. Plus there are private rooms for events that are sure to impress. Get an early peek in this slide show.