Grub Street reports that the new owner of the East Village space that used to contain the late, lamented Holiday Cocktail Lounge is Robert Ehrlich, CEO of Pirate Brands. You know, Pirate Booty, and all those supposedly healthy snacks parents refer to as "kiddie crack."
He plans to transfer Holiday's liquor license to a new restaurant-bar, expected to open in April. "The restaurant will serve local, regional foods. The first-floor spot, previously owned by Jeff Tendler, will be managed by Barbara Sibley, owner and chef of La Palapa, the Mexican restaurant right next door. Sibley told Grub Street, 'We're going to try to preserve as much of the history as possible.'"
Will the semi-circle bar be kept? The phone booth?
No name has been given to the new place yet. I have a suggestion: Holiday Cocktail Lounge.