blind tiger ale house reopening???
the crytic rumor that will raise the hopes of craft beer fans is that there is "a 90% chance" that the blind tiger will reopen "in a space five minutes walk from the old one." hmm we'll see, this is all they would tell me. otherwise, the closing night blowout is next tuesday dec 27th!
i actually just called there having walked by today and reading the (sad) sign. the girl said that they have a lease but it's not finalized yet, but if it goes through, it wouldnt be open for another 6 months. so keep your fingers crossed!
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i thought i posted this yesterday, but guess i didn't! :) from their website:
The Blind Tiger’s brand new kitchen is finally
finished, and our chef, the infamous Louise Leonard
(of the French Culinary Institute), will soon be
testing our new equipment, including the largest,
heaviest, and most intimidating panini machine on
earth. We’ll start with a lunch and dinner menu of salads and pressed
sandwiches, as well as a cheese plate from Murray’s,
all with suggested beer pairings. As things progress,
we’ll flesh out the menu further.
If you ever wondered what Louise looks like at 8 a.m.,
you can soon find out as we’ll be open for breakfast
every morning, serving bagels, muffins and pastries.
Since our closure last December, we’ve also become
coffee geeks. We now know the difference between
Single Origin and Single Estate coffees, between
buying fair trade beans in Costa Rica and Sumatra - in
the former you need a good map, in the latter you need
a map and a platoon of soldiers. Our micro-coffees
will be brewed to SCAA Golden Cup standards on a Fetco
Extractor (the government bought a couple of these for
Guantanamo Bay, not realizing they were designed for
extracting the volatile oils and ephemeral nuances of
a coffee bean, and didn’t work as well on people).
We’ll also be vacuum brewing an ever-changing array of
offerings from some of the best boutique roasters in
the country, including Vermont Artisan Coffee and Tea.
Speaking of teas, we’ll have an excellent selection of
them as well.
Construction on the rest of our new space is
progressing well. Our wood has finally arrived after
spending the weekend in Pennsylvania. For some reason
we bought parts of a 19th century Ohio farmhouse and
barn, which we’ve been dismantling and shipping east.
This has proved to be more of an ordeal than we
thought, though now that we finally have the beams and
floor, I have to say they look pretty cool -
especially in contrast to the cityscape on Bleecker
Street. We still have some work ahead of us installing
the windows and French doors, as well as the bar top
and draught system, and various other odds and ends.
If all goes well, we’re hoping for a mid-August
opening. We’ll keep you informed...
P.S. Don’t let the beautiful bathrooms and reclaimed
wood fool you - we’re still a neighborhood place with
neighborhood prices. And with food as tasty as our
micro-beers, you’ll never have a reason to leave.