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Monday, July 14, 2014

New "gastro-lounge" Cellardoor holds grand opening July 15

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Those looking to grab a late night snack or happy hour drink in the CBD have an attractive new option in Cellardoor, a ritzy "gastro-lounge" recently opened at 916 Lafayette St.

The crumbling facade of the three-story teal building on Lafayette Street feels grand and otherworldly, as if one has stepped back in time to the Gilded Age to mingle with robber barons and Gibson girls. Constructed circa 1850 and known as the Swoop-Duggins House, Cellardoor's building is on the National Historic Registry. The restaurant's tall ceilings, ample courtyard seating and expansive collection of neon-hued contemporary art help the space bridge the gap between polished and punk.

The drink of laughter and forgetting

The menu contains a number of small plates with cross-cultural flair, including comically large "shrimp chips" featuring Tiger prawns fried in a batter of bean sprouts, carrots and shredded potatoes, and the restaurant's take on elote, Mexican roasted corn off the cob with queso blanco, lime juice and spices.

The cocktail menu has a mix of modern inventions and classics that have undergone a bit of tinkering. The Drink of Laughter and Forgetting is a refreshing, bright summer cocktail made with Cynar, lime, demerara, green Chartreuse and Angostura bitters.

The restaurant's official opening party is at 7:30 p.m. July 15, and lunch service begins Aug. 5.

For more information, visit Cellardoor's website.

What: Cellardoor

Where: 916 Lafayette St.

When: 4 p.m.-midnight Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday; 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday & Saturday 

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