Its ironic when a Wasp-themed bar gets priced out: Andy King had to move his bar, the East Village Yacht Club, from 1st Street after his rent went up from $13,000 to $26,000, but within a month hell reopen it in the old Kelley & Ping space on the Bowery, where hes currently paying about twenty grand a month. Theres no opening date yet (the place is doing just fine hosting private parties), but the plan is to operate Thursday through Saturday, perhaps with live jazz piano, from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m.
The new space is a little smaller, but amenities include a working fireplace and French windows upstairs, where a small bar will have five stools, plus the promise of a few sidewalk seats in the summer. Will it steal the Rusty Knots thunder? A regatta may be in order.
East Village Yacht Club, 325 Bowery, at 2nd St.; no phone number yet