Yes, pretty major.
But look carefully. There’s something else going on. Something crucial.
There’s also a new restaurant making its own graham crackers and putting vodka in your blackberry-and-lychee lemonade.
That’s right: eating graham crackers and drinking blackberry-and-lychee lemonades in this town will never be the same.
For this, you can thank Beatrix, opening tomorrow alongside the Aloft Hotel and heaping out home cooking in big, healthy slices all day long.
Rich Melman has decided to play a culinary Agent Coulson, hand-selecting a team of his superchefs to make you warm upside-down butterscotch sticky buns in the morning and turkey meat loaf at night.
In a way, this just feels like someone’s living room. Couches and leather armchairs. Mix-and-match pillows. You can breeze in, plug in a laptop, order a caffè freddo (an icy double-shot frappe) and, well, stick around.
The menu is both conventional (a prime burger) and a little nutty (chili-and-chocolate-glazed salmon). And for after-work wine, you’ll find a bar with a solid selection and a foldable glass wall that opens to the street.
You like your wine to breathe.