The Odessa Cafe space on Avenue A had a slew of suitors in the year and a half since the Ukrainian staple shuttered. Nightlife man Ravi DeRossi once planned a Nashville hot chicken spot there, but ultimately pulled out. Then there were a handful of mystery applicants who flirted with the space. Finally, something stuck. A rock bar called The Black Rose is set to open in the space later this month.
Owners Joseph Daniele (formerly of Fashion 40 Lounge) and his brother Robert Payne are adding some odd vintage decorations to the space, including wooden church doors re-purposed to act as shutters over the bar's windows. They're also keeping some of the original design, like the red tin ceiling, intact, while stripping down the walls to show off some of the building's brick. The bar's general manager, Ashley Poe, told DNAinfo: "We're just going to be a neighborhood rock and roll bar where everybody's welcome and everybody has fun." There will be a small food menu with tapas and Italian sandwiches. Come summer, the team plans to host barbecues in the backyard and maybe some acoustic shows at the bar as well.