Friday, August 24, 2012
Tonight at 6, Josie's opens at 520 E. Sixth St., former home of the late, great Joe's Bar here between Avenue A and Avenue B.
The bar closed last Thanksgiving after proprietor Joe Vajda died. (Joe's opened in that space in 1973. Joe and two other partners previously had a place across the street.)
Earlier in the year, as we first reported, Richard Corton and his business partner Kirk Marcoe, who own Mona's and Sophie's, purchased the bar from Dottie, Joe's longtime domestic partner.
The two considered all this as more of a restoration than a renovation. So you'll find a space that looks and feels very familiar... Which is all good.
As Dave on 7th noted after a recent look-see:
"The bar has been beautifully refinished. I spent 10 years of my life in this bar and I think what they're doing is going to be beautiful and authentic."
Corton and Marcoe even found a company in Los Angeles to replicate the exact same wallpaper that adorned Joe's through the years...
And here's a shot of the old wallpaper before it was removed ...
There is a new pool table and jukebox ... and likely some new music. Dottie took all of the country-and-western CDs with her...
Also, expect the return of the giant, Soviet-era Lowenbrau clock (once it's working again). But there aren't any seedless mandarins.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Joe's Bar is joining the Sophie's-Mona's family