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Former Mas Owner Opens Réunion Surf Bar Tonight

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Thomas Wilson, one of the original owners of Mas (farmhouse) in the West Village, along with Eugene Ashe and 5 Napkin Burger's Robert Guarino, are opening a surfing themed restaurant tonight in Hell's Kitchen. Wilson sold his stake in Mas in 2008 when the recession hit and has spent the restaurant of his time, well, surfing. He's surfed all over the world, hitting locales as far away as Tunisia and Nicaragua, hence the surfing motifs above and the name of the restaurant—Reunion (the island) is a famous surfing location.

When it opens tonight—though note that workers were still installing toilet seats and painting when an Eater operative happened by this afternoon—Wilson will serve aps and small plates, borrowing from all the island's influences (French, African, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian). "Overt a tous" (open to all) is the main point for him - surfers, the theater-goers in the area, anyone and everyone. And here's the quirky part, which he insists is not a gimmick: they take Euros, based on the daily rate of exchange, to be automatically calculated for checks.

There's also an island-themed cocktail list (very on trend these days), waiters wearing board shorts, and a large rum list. It opens at 5:30 PM.

Reporting by Gary Wong


630 Ninth Ave., New York, NY

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