On Friday, Grub Street reported that Donnybrook would open in the former (and beloved) Lotus Lounge space on 35 Clinton Street. Various owners have tried for almost a year to procure a liquor license and open up here, so it's welcome news to see someone (the team behind Lucky Jack's) finally succeeded. Whether or not it will be embraced by the nabe is still up in the air. Some details from a correspondent who got a peak over the weekend:
"Looks like a really nice space. The bartender said they should be serving food in the coming weeks (hopefully by next week) and it will be Irish style 'meat and potatoes.' There is also a brunch service in Donnybrooks' future, she said. The decor isn't finished, they are waiting on a few more tables and chairs etc., but it is fully functional as is. The only drawback in my opinion are the two or three flatscreen TVs. I hope this doesn't turn into a grimy sports bar!!"No, not when you already have Blue Seats—and to a lesser extent, Lucky Jack's—for all your LES sports-watching needs.
· EaterWire: Lucky Jack Owners Buying Lotus Lounge [~E~]
· First Word: More on the Curious Cafe of Lotus Lounge [~E~]
· Donnybrook Soft-Opens Tonight in Lotus Club Space [GS]