East Side Showroom shuttered last month after a seven-year run, however creator and owner Micki Spencer is opening a new bar dubbed Ah Sing Den in the same East 6th Street space. Named after the owner of a Victorian-era opium den in London frequented by writers Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle, the replacement is expected to open before the end of summer.
In a statement, Spencer shared plans to keep alive the East Side Showroom’s dedication to a strong cocktail program, as well as launch a small but focused Asian-inspired menu. The menu was created by chef Jim Tripi, who is slated as the executive chef of the not-yet-open Eberly, another restaurant with ties to Spencer. Saturday and Sunday dim sum brunches are also in the works. Spencer aims to "create a place where tranquility, elegance, rejuvenation, and imagination can flourish."
Details about the bar remain vague, but here’s what Ah Sing has shared so far:
- Earlier this month the bar put out a call for bartenders with two-years of craft/fresh ingredient cocktail experience (culinary background a plus).
- The team was taste testing the food and drink menus as recently as last week.
- The space will include a mural by local artist Jana Swec, who also contributed to the mural on the side of Hillside Farmacy.
Ah Sing Den follows on the heels of other restaurants that have changed concepts recently including Gardener to Chicon, Arro to Parlor & Yard, and Mettle to short-lived Ophelia. Recently shuttered Benji’s on West 6th is also making way for a new spot, but there is no word on what that will entail.
While there is no opening date schedule, Eater has reached out for more information. Watch this space for updates.