Sunday, September 03, 2006

Blind Tiger - Officially Opening!

Wow, it seemed like this day may never come...but alas the Blind Tiger will be opening this month! Here's a newsletter from the Tiger (Dave Brodrick) himself!

Dear Blind Tigerites:

After seven months, we've finally finished our large wooden puzzle at 281 Bleecker. In other words, The Blind Tiger is done! And as you can see, the results were pretty good. You may also notice there aren't any chairs. Why? Because we didn't want to cover up our gorgeous floors. Actually, we forgot that people like to sit down occasionally. Don't worry, the bar chairs - with backs, for those of you who were worried - and stools arrive on Tuesday, just in time for the grand opening! Of course, we're opening at 7:30 a.m., and the truck isn't due until noon, so if anybody shows up on our first day, they'll get to find out why no one has ever opened a chairless bar. Then again, it wouldn't be a Blind Tiger Production without some embarrassing snafus.

Speaking of snafus, for some reason our contractor put a hand dryer over the men's room sink. This might have been okay, except this particular hand dryer is the most powerful wind generator in the world, and it's activated when something, a hand for instance, passes beneath it. So, when you do try to wash your hands, you wind up drying them at the same time. You also blast water all over the walls and floor, which can lead to a truly akward moment if someone is waiting when you leave the bathroom. Check out the look on their face when you tell them it's just water.

But let's focus on the positive. The chalkboards do work great. Unfortunately, it took Oz eight pieces of chalk just to do our new food menu. Of course, our mantra at the Tiger has always been, "When given a bunch of lemons, make lemonade." Unfortunately, without a liquor license, lemonade and coffee is pretty much all we're making at the moment. Well, at least our coffee is a work of art, thanks to David Reeve, our barista from Seattle. We suspect running the new Tiger will be different from the old place. For instance, when Chris Ryan over indulges now, it produces an effect called "espresso eyes," which is a little frightening until you get used to it.

We're also still getting used to hanging out with so many underage drinkers... and adjusting to the idea that we have to be nicer to people, at least until the liquor license arrives. Chris Yuen, one of our old regulars, is holding a sidewalk vigil until that day happens. Toasting with coffee isn't quite the same...especially at 7 a.m. And Louise is still getting used to hearing people talk about how big her muffins are. Anyway, you should probably come down and check us out for yourself. As I said before, we're at 281 Bleecker between Seventh Avenue and Jones. Our hours are 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m, seven days a week. Not to make you feel guilty, but if you don't come, Louise will be baking her aforementioned muffins at 5 a.m. for nothing. We still don't know when we'll be getting our liquor license, though we did find out one of the reasons it's been delayed - Deborah Glick, the assemblywoman who represents our district, wrote a letter to the State Liquor Authority saying our license should be rejected because we're a bar rather than a restaurant, "a large bar that primarily serves beer," and that isn't what Bleecker Street needs. I wrote her a nice letter explaining how we actually have an excellent kitchen and that we're opening as an espresso bar and cafe. Ms. Glick prides herself on protecting neighborhood businesses, which is what I always thought we were. I suggested that rather than judge us without ever visiting or calling, she stop by for a coffee and a pressed sandwich. Actually, according to the State Liquor Authority, her letter and influence is the most damning thing against us. I was wondering whether you might visit her website and write her a note explaining that we're actually a quality place that happens to cater to a lot of her constituents. You can email her at glickd@ assembly.state.ny.us I'm sure she would enjoy hearing from you.

Also, the Collins Bar will be hosting Magic Hat on Weds at 6 p.m. We'll be featuring Chaotic Chemistry, Night of the Living Dead, plus a few others. As always, there will be free cheese. On Sept 13th, at 6 p.m., we'll be doing the Manhattan kickoff of Sly Fox... See you at the new place...

Dave Brodrick

1 Comments:

Blogger keep-it-like-a-secret said...

F-ing sweet! Hope they get that liquor license soon though...

8:01 PM  

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