SoHa Will Get a ‘Beer Garden’ in Time for World Cup


First Marcus Samuelsson and Ryan Skeen come to the neighborhood, and now this: The founders of East Village party spot Lava Gina (Senegal-born Ousmane Keita and German-born Chris Pollock) plan to open Bier International at 2099 Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 113th Street (formerly Florence’s Restaurant). In the kitchen, longtime Miracle Grill chef Adriano Flor (another West African) will team with Hubertus Wormstall (another German, who was head chef at Chelsea’s Parish & Co. before moving on to gigs in Los Angeles and Puerto Vallarta). Construction of the space started in February — when it opens in May, beers from Europe, Kenya, Japan, and the U.S. of A. will complement “a diverse menu of global bites.” The only bummer: By the looks of the renderings above and below, outdoor space will be confined to the sidewalk, à la Zum Schneider.