When the Rum House in the Edison Hotel lost its lease and closed last summer after 37 years, it was a huge blow to the bar's regulars and nostalgists, who considered it to be one of the last, great old-school watering holes left in Midtown. Now, Sam Sifton brings word that the bar will live again, with an unlikely new set of owners.
Next week the space will reopen with the same name, under the management of Michael Neff, Kenneth McCoy and Abdul Tabini, the men behind Tribeca cocktail den Ward III. Many of the original design details have been kept intact, but the room has been cleaned and renovated. There will still be piano performances five nights a week, and as for drinks, expect a more refined selection of whiskeys and rums, plus a menu of classic cocktails done with a bit of modern polish. For more on the history of the bar do check out Robert Simonson's A Beer At... column on the Rum House, from June 2009.
· The Rum House Rises [NYT]
· All Coverage of the Rum House [~ENY~]