Bartender Doug Quinn, who developed a following at P.J. Clarke's over the last decade, is working on a place of his own. Robert Simonson reports that Quinn is about six weeks away from starting construction on Hudson Malone, a bar that will open near the original P.J. Clarke's (Quinn has not revealed the exact address yet). Last summer, Doug was fired from the legendary tavern after he told a drunk and lecherous customer to leave. After the incident, he said that he wanted to open "a real New York saloon."
Until he opens Hudson Malone, Quinn will be bartending on Wednesday and Friday nights in the basement bar at Bill's Food & Drink. And, on those nights, Doug will be joined by pianist Rick McDonald, who frequently played at Bill's Gay Nineties. Quinn started bartending at Bill's about three weeks ago.
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