Look for Jim Lee to open coffee haven Ocean Grounds in the Sanlitun-Gongti area within the next month. Lee was part of the team that opened the original Ocean Grounds location in You-Town in late 2011 and that ended with an acrimonious split. Now he’s back with a new venue — exact address soon — to pair with a roasting facility near the airport.
Expect Ocean Grounds to function as a cafe during the day and a bar during the evenings. Anyone who follows Lee’s weixin account knows he’s been hitting the best drinking dens in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and elsewhere, and that should translate into an intriguing menu. Hopefully it involves this kind of fun.