Enter through a red phone booth and voila – you’re in Hell Phone, the new restaurant and speakeasy at 247 Varet St.
Vanessa and Anguy Pacini, the owners of Ange Noir, have been renovating for the past two years and have finally opened Hell Phone behind the existing cafe. Like something out of Doctor Who, it is an absolutely magical place – red velvet sofas made from repurposed phone booths, dark wood floors, original brickwork, and a piano you can dine on. And while the London phone booths may give the place a decidedly British flair, the restaurant is much more closely tied with the owners’ native France….
Like their beloved Ange Noir Café, Hell Phone will host weekly music and comedy events in addition to dinner and drinks. Thursdays continue to host comedians for an improv night, while on Friday nights they’ve introduced live acoustic music. What makes these two places great is the seamless transition from day to night. Enjoy a coffee and croissant at Ange Noir in the morning, then return for a crepe and a cocktail come evening at Hell Phone.
Hell Phone soft-opened in July and is having its grand opening on Sept. 17. There are talks of celebrating Oktoberfest at the restaurant and more events to come. For now, the owners are enjoying watching people discover this new hidden spot with wide-eyed amazement. What was once the entrance to the restroom is now the entryway to a romantic, cozy restaurant serving unbelievably good food and drinks. Just keep this little secret between us.
247 Varet Street, Bushwick
in the back of Ange Noir Café