Remember the cocktail bar those two industry vets were planning to open in Greenwood? Perryn Wright, who just left his job at Cicchetti, and his wife Desiree, who worked front of the house at both La Carta de Oaxaca and Copper Gate, are damn close to opening it (best case scenario is early June).
The name of the place is Teachers Lounge, which fits perfectly with the drop tiles and fluorescent lights that adorn the ceiling of the space that used to house Greenwood Academy of Hair (Skin Division).
The neighborhood watering hole (across the street from Gainsbourg) will seat around 50 people. There'll be a 10-seat bar, three communal tables, some high cafe-style tables and (hopefully) a couple of booths in the window. Perryn is trying to procure old bus benches, which has proven quite challenging.
He says all of the barstools were inherited from the the now shuttered Elemental, which he stripped and refinished. He also scored a bunch of chairs from his old stomping grounds, Serafina. He's building most everything else.
The food concept, he says, is mostly his: "It's all based on cafeteria food, but it's going to be a higher level. I call it Gastro-teria."
There will be about 18 nibbles on the menu, which will be produced out of a tiny kitchen. On tap: a few draughts, a decent bottle selection, some red and white wines, and some rose and bubbles for the summer.
As for those fluorescent lights, Perryn says he's actually going to keep them, albeit with some sort of filter situation. "I think we're skipping candles. We'll get the thing going with what we've got and see what happens."
Teachers Lounge will be open daily 5 pm to midnight.
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