Two weeks ago, the State Liquor Authority revoked the liquor license of What Happens When, John Fraser's restaurant installation on Cleveland Place. His item was taken off the agenda of last night's Community Board 2 meeting, but he will go before the SLA for a final hearing on the matter on June 22, so fingers crossed.
In the meantime, the restaurant has launched its latest (and hopefully not last) "movement." The theme this time around is, fittingly, Prohibition. The design looks similar to that of the previous movement, but the walls are covered in fake newspaper clippings, some featuring Fraser. They are serving mocktails, offering unfermented wine pairings, and encouraging patrons to drink at Mexican Radio, which is offering drink specials designed for WHW patrons, between courses. As for the cuisine, Fraser is serving "an elevated, updated 1920’s style menu" of his take on American classics. Think fruit cocktail, veal scallopini, prime rib au jus, and fried chicken, with desserts like devil's food cake and pineapple upside-down cake. The menu is below.
apple, celery, walnut, butterheads
chilled tomato soup
beausoleil oyster, shrimp cocktail, baked
fig, hyssop, kentucky ham
artichokes, herb butter
summer squash gratin
eggplant, tomato, olives
kale, bacon gravy, lemon
lemon, capers, arugula
au jus, horseradish, watercress
$58 prix fixe
CREDIT CARDS ONLY
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