There will be an Irish wake this Saturday night at Kennedy's Bar and Grill at 512 West 75th Street.
"A wake, a last call, the final round," says general manager Jeff O'Brien.
After a long run in Waldo - including moving into a brand-new building after the original home, in the former Waldo Astoria Dinner Theatre, was completely destroyed in 2007 - the popular saloon closes on Sunday and will reopen on June 15 as a new gastropub, Remedy Food and Drink. "We have new owners, and they wanted to build a serious reputation for the culinary side of things," says O'Brien. "Kennedy's didn't exactly have the best reputation for its food, so we're completely rebranding the business."
The kitchen at Remedy will be overseen by Max Watson (formerly sous chef at Room 39 and a veteran of stints at the Carriage Club and the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange).
Watson, says Jeff O'Brien, will be curing bacon in-house and creating a menu of nearly all from-scratch dishes under the Remedy name. There will be a series of soft opening events in mid-June, O'Brien says, and the grand opening of Remedy will be June 22.