Lucas Walters is ready to make his grandmother proud — by opening his own cozy drinking haven and christening it with her beloved nickname.
“It looks like an old lady’s house,” Walters laughed of Tutu’s, his corner bar, which is set open Wednesday.
The bar will be located in the former home of The Morgan Restaurant and beside Bushwick’s future boutique hotel.
“We raided our families’ houses for lots of tchotchkes,” he said of the decor.
Walters — a partner at the popular Williamsburg haunt The Commodore — is launching Tutu’s with Jason Merritt, who owns Big Tree Bottles liquor store just down Bogart Street from the new Bushwick business.
“We’re starting with just a cocktail menu and meat and cheese,” Walters said.
He added that he hoped to offer gastropub fare including burgers, salads and brunch by November.
If you’re a true lush, then you’re likely familiar with the work of Frederick Exley, a daytime drinker/author of works like A Fan’s Notes. He was the prime chronicler of literary drinking in 1960s New York, and now there’s a bar named after him. The Exley, located near McCarren Park in Williamsburg, is owned by the former general manager of Tailor, and it’s being billed as a casual “third space” for neighborhood residents (aka those who can’t stomach another trip to nearby Union Pool). We suppose you can think of it as the boozy Starbucks – it’s housed in a former auto-body repair shop and features colorful murals by local artists.
It’s a small space, with seating for about 35 patrons. The cocktail list focuses on classic American libations and a menu of small bites like sea salt pretzels and a cheese plate will be served. The official opening date is tomorrow, get more information here (1 Jackson Street).
More at www.theexley.com.
CHUG THAT RED BULL, GRAB THAT PAINTBRUSH, AND WERK!
Red Bull has come up with a really cool art competition – turn a standard Red Bull refrigerator and turn it into a work of art. Or, as Red Bull puts it: “The medium? A Red Bull refrigerator (covered in canvas). The mission: Create.” And create they did!
25 New York artists gathered at Villain on Sunday, September 9 to create and fulfill this “mission.” Of these 25 works of art, only 3 will be coined winners. And these winners will be revealed tonight, September 13!
So what are they competing for – what’s the grand prize? A chance to show at the “Scope art fair during December’s Art Basel in Miami Beach, the biggest international art event on the calendar.”
Again, the event takes place TONIGHT, September 13 at Villain at 9:00 PM. Go and enjoy the art!
From the TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint website:
TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is an outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor… A block party style tasting event, held rain or shine, featuring sample tastes from over 40 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, breweries, and wineries, along with live music and much more… SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2012
1pm to 5pm- Main Tasting Event- enjoy appetizer size (4oz.) food tastes from a selection of over 40 local restaurants along with complimentary sips(3oz.)of craft brews, NY State Wines, and specialty cocktails from our sponsors.
Participants to include:
Baci & Abbracci, The Bedford, Bellwether, Blue Collar, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Oenology, Brooklyn Winery, Cafe Colette, Cafe de la Esquina, Cafe Mogador, Crif Dogs, Cubana Social, Dressler & DuMont, Fabbrica, Gourmet Guild, GuS – Grown-up Soda, Hotel Delmano, Juliette, Kinfolk Studios, La Nonna, Le Comptoir, Le Gamin, Lighthouse, Lodge & Urban Rustic, Lokal Bistro, Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, Maison Premiere, Matt Torrey’s, McClure’s Pickles, The Meatball Shop, Mesa Coyoacan, Miller’s Tavern, Natural Wine Co., Nita Nita, Oslo Coffee Roasters, Pelzer’s Pretzels, Pies n’ Thighs, Plan Tea Beverages, PT Restaurant, Rabbithole Bistro, Reynards, Sel de Mer, The Shanty, Spike Hill, Station, Sweetwater Restaurant & Bakeri, Teddy’s Bar and Grill, Toby’s Estate Coffee, Two Door Tavern, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
We’re pretty excited because the new chef is a Northern Spy alum, Nathan Foot:
Please join us Friday August 31st as we bid farewell to our beloved Chef Gabriel Moya. We wish him the best of luck as he heads west to the Windy City. We are also proud to announce that Chef Nathan Foot will begin service with us on September 5th. New and exciting things are underway at Calyer, come by and see us. Calyer comes from the team behind Anella, St. Vitus and Jimmy’s Diner in Brooklyn. If Anella and St. Vitus had an offspring, Calyer would be its wayward child. The restaurant sits on the south end of Franklin St., at the crossroads of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
More information here.
Residents and visitors to San Francisco and Oakland have been known to wait on long lines for the grilled sausage at Rosamunde, which is also beloved by vegetarians for its Vegan Apple Sage sausage. Now NYC is about to get a taste, when the wildly popular beer and brats joint flings open its doors in Williamsburg, in the Southside space formerly occupied by the fun-yet-creepy dive Savalas and the snooty-good riddance Masten Lake.
Owner Josh Margolis tells The Lower Haight Blog, “Brooklyn made sense as an east coast location due to its similarities with San Francisco. The neighborhood of Williamsburg is filled with an eclectic mix of people and a Brooklyn version of something close to SF’s Mission or Haight neighborhoods. Our spot on Bedford Ave (between Grand and S. 1st) is Williamsburg’s south side, which is a bit more eclectic than Williamburg’s north side. Not unlike Lower Haight vs. Upper Haight or Mission/24th vs Mission/16th.”
Co-owner Patrick Burke (who also runs the Brickyard Gastropub in Manhattan) says that roughly half of the beers will be locally sourced from New York State. Click through for the current menu.
There’s space for 55 in the outdoor seating area that wraps around the exterior of the Ale House, and a room in the back has a working fireplace that Burke plans to use in the winter. In addition to beer, they serve mixed drinks and wine, plus a solid bar menu that ranges from spicy popcorn to grilled cheese sandwiches to sweet potato fires to arugula salad. There are also a variety of “build your own” burgers, with “grass fed natural beef, bison, and veggie” options, and over a dozen possible toppings.