Twas a sad day when Mare, my favorite tapas spot in downtown Beijing, closed for good, though the owners had the foresight to open a branch of the place – OLAS – on the west side of Sanlitun Village. Now, that spot is set to relaunch… as Svensen’s and Prima Taste Kitchen. The place had an invite-only party last night but should soon be open to the public (hat tip to ksquare).
Pakistan restaurant Yadgar, around the corner from Luga’s, relaunched last week – complete with a garden full of flower displays – after completing renovations.
Look for Alfa to soon introduce a new food menu. This place has long had some of the best late night food in Beijing. It also recently renovated the covered patio out front by adding a lighter and more-streamlined decor as well as elevated areas that allow patrons to dangle their toes in the water.
Finally, 2F is quietly making a name for itself at the back of Tongli Studio. Numerous readers have mentioned this place to me of late and, indeed, it does offer decent drinks, a friendly owner, and a comfy atmosphere.