G-Fizzle: It looks like the end for G-Loft, which used to be Club Le, which opened as Club Le Zazou fourteen months ago with two weeks of free drinks. This place had potential as a higher-end late-night lounge – we need more post-2 AM places – but the nonstop changes in managers, employees, and themes ended with chains on the doors. Somehow the tag line “The fact that everyone who walks through G-loft club is a VIP” didn’t resonate. What’s next? Who knows, but the return of a Browns-style bar in Sanlitun seems overdue…
R Lounge launch re-loaded: The Renaissance Hotel in Shuangjing has delayed the official re-launch of R Lounge – formerly D Bar — by one week to March 11 and March 12. That will also be your last chance to catch Bertie Higgins of “Key Largo” and “Casablanca” fame, who has been alternating sets with The Jackson Twins.
Brews news: I finally made it to Great Leap Brewery off Nanluoguxiang last Saturday and will soon have a write-up of that place and of Drei Kronen 1308 in China View which I visited earlier in the night. In the meantime, a few notes:
- Great Leap plans to have several special beers available on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Drei Kronen has a daily two-for-one special on its three home brews – lager, wheat, and dark – from noon to 6 PM. It also has a four-member house band called Mixed Beats with a repertoire that includes Pink Floyd, Kim Carnes, and Simple Minds.
Finding Nobu: Back in September of 2009, I posted that a branch of high-profile Japanese restaurant chain Nobu was slated to open in former JW Marriott restaurant Pinot in early 2010. About right on time – at least by Beijing standards – Nobu is holding its “soft opening” this month. Perhaps it took a year to age some of the soya sauce but surely, given Nobu is a globally recognized brand, the PR team had time to come up with better prose than this for the restaurant’s website:
NOBU Beijing is located right before the 4 ring road east in Central business District (CDB), Chaoyang, at the first floor of JW Marriott Hotel. Surrounded by high end retail stores it’s “the place to be” in Beijing. Designed by David Rockwell group with new elements never before used, it will set it mark on Beijing restaurant design front and stun the diners with textures and details that seems never end. Nobu Beijing will be serving up all NOBU’s famous signature dishes as well as some local specialties with fish imported directly from Japan’s famous Tsukiji market daily. More to come soon.
I will try to visit soon: Let’s hope there is more attention to detail than this by the kitchen staff.