The Brick celebrates its first anniversary this Sunday, when it’ll be two-for-one free Tsingtaos, RMB20 mixed drinks, and happy hour prices on draft from 5 PM at this Shuangjing watering hole. Have a beverage and scribble some congratulations on those second-floor chalkboards.
The Central Park strip that includes coffee shop Jamaica Blue and restaurant Navena–previously known as Nava, before an unhappy split between the partners–will soon be joined by fifty-seat Italian restaurant La Gioia.
Manager Robbie Hennebry (ex-Danger Doyle’s) and chef Zach Lewison (ex-Union) have left the Parkside Bar & Grill in Lido.
Robin Howlett, best known for his days at Souk, says he will soon open a new place. He isn’t divulging whether it will be big or small, expensive or cheap, one floor or two, contemporary or classic, smoking or nonsmoking, thong or non-thong, aimed at the general public or those who enjoy a good mystery. But when asked if will be in Beijing, he hesitantly answered, “Yes.” So there you go.
And as noted here, Atmosphere opens Monday evening on the eightieth floor of China World tower three. About the only places to grab a martini at a higher altitude in our fair city are a hot air balloon, helicopter, or UFO. Also opening in tower three on Monday is Lounge, on the same floor, and steakhouse Grill 79, one floor down.