Closing night at CBGB. From Flickr user liquidsalad, via the Eater Photo Pool.
· The new Mekong in West Soho has moved on from its days of plywood and is now o-p-e-n. Shocker alert: It's BYO thus far. [EaterWire]
· Random Saturday night text message received at Eater HQ: "10:14 PM and dining room at Thor is totally empty." [EaterWire SMS]
· From the Intelligencer: "Next week, City Council member Melinda Katz’s resolution to rid the city of the practice in which an exorbitant sum is charged for a bottle of liquor (plus mixers!) begins its long journey toward being a law...The resolution, which is sponsored by a dozen council members, says that bottle service 'drastically increases patrons' incentive to drink intemperately and promotes dangerous levels of drunkenness' and facilitates 'service to minors.' But David Rabin, co-owner of Lotus and president of the New York Nightlife Association, says it won’t affect the real problem: fake I.D.'s off the Internet. But if the ban does happen, Sarner says he'll adapt: 'I'll just charge $500 for a table, and they can order whatever they want. It’s not going to affect my bottom line.'" [Intelligencer]
· Effective immediately: "Marking 20 years at the Metropolitan Opera House, The Grand Tier Restaurant now welcomes all Lincoln Center guests. Once reserved only for Met Opera ticket holders, Grand Tier’s cuisine can now complement any performance at Avery Fisher Hall, the New York State Theater or the Metropolitan Opera House. The Grand Tier and Revlon Bar are joining the Met in its mission to attract a wider audience by adding longer hours and a more diverse menu. Previously opening its doors only 45 minutes before each show, the restaurant will now start seating at 6 p.m. Pre-ordered intermission dining is also available to ensure a quick return to the performance." [EaterWire]