On Wednesday, we posted that bit from UrbanDaddy about the Standard East Village debuting its new restaurant (The Restaurant at the Standard East Village) ... not to mention the outdoor ping-pong table.
Well, a reader left us this comment:
The hotel manager claims that the urbandaddy story is totally false; the standard has not finalized its plans for it's restaurant (ie he denies the ping pong concept.) certainly the standard's neighbors would not be happy with outdoor ping pong noise and hopefully the standard gets it.
We did a little checking ... while there is a ping-pong table for now (confirmed via this tweet) ... a newly rebranded restaurant has not opened.
In a blog post yesterday, "Stan D’Arde ... the perennial voice of The Standard Hotels" explained that UrbanDaddy's story was, well, wrong.
Listen…there is nothing more that I love than a game of ping pong coupled with a BLT Turkey Club or Pappardelle with Ragu Bolognese, Peas & Parmesan or a Pan Roasted Half Chicken with Rosemary Smashed Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts or Tomato Soup with Basil Oil and Cheddar Croutons.
BUT…painting the walls and dropping a ping pong table in for a little bit of fun doesn’t necessarily make for a grand opening ... if you revisit our original announcement when we took over the hotel, you’ll see that The Standard, East Village is a slow work in progress which will be completed over the next year. It will be quiet and intimate with food that not only is comforting but hopefully food coma inducing (I haven’t finalized the menu just yet).
I think that, when we’re officially ready to launch something, you’ll want to hear it first hand from me…and not your daddy, n’est-ce pas?