Tomorrow, Michael Winsch of the Bowery Ballroom will give the bi-level space that once housed Cattyshack a butch makeover. Hes teaming up with Brian Harkenrider (a former Bowery manager) to open what you might or might not consider a sports bar were not necessarily going to call ourselves a sports bar, says Harkenrider, but we have a bunch of flat-screens. Ten of them, to be exact. But sports wont be the only focus here: With a new stage and soundboard intact, the first floor will eventually host the sort of live bands youd expect to see at the Bowery Ballrooms sister club, Mercury Lounge (the booker is Diane Perini, whos also responsible for the just-announced lineup of the 2010 Siren Music Festival).
Upstairs, a bar will offer nightly $3 drink specials, and Cattyshacks roof deck remains. In about a month, the Rock Shop will serve simple bar food (burgers, pizzas, panini, etc.) until then, you can score grub across the street at another newcomer, Oaxaca.
The Rock Shop, 249 Fourth Ave.; 718-230-5740