Look for pizza joint Bang Bang to hold its “soft” opening in Shuangjing tomorrow night. This place offers a range of beverages, including mixed drinks and beer, and owner Robin Howlett plans to whip up a batch of his 14-ingredient sangria for the opening.
One of a growing number of places with exclamation marks in their names, cafe Refresh! has taken over the former Tour Les Jours space and part of the second floor at China View on Workers Stadium East. It features a fruit-colored décor (lime and tangerine), a food menu of sandwiches, salads, and wraps, and a drinks menu that includes coffee from RMB18 and fresh squeezed juices at RMB35.
Le Petit Paris has bid au revoir to Sanlitun North. The space is now empty and according to a note on the window, LPP will move to Crab Island Village Resort after nine years downtown.
Meanwhile, Le Petit Gourmand is gutted as it undergoes a total revamp that looks like it will include a bank of windows on the west side. Hopefully, they keep the French fries recipe and bring back the wood-burning stove.
Bar consultant Bob Louison of Spirit It has been running cocktail classes for ages and his next topic seems timely given the weather: winter drinks. The class is RMB160, includes all ingredients and time behind the bar, and is on October 23 at Swiss Bar in Solana. To book a spot, contact Bob at bobspirit.it (at) gmail.com / 18611-183-772.
Meanwhile, Lido area restaurant Salt is pairing beer and food for the next four Fridays. Each evening will see five foods such as ceviche, linguini, and chocolate soufflé paired with five beers, including Spain’s Estrella Damm, America’s Blue Star Wheat, and Australia’s Crown Lager. The cost is RMB388.