The Team from Blue Inc., Petit Robert Central to Open Julep Bar Downtown

A preview of what's to come at Julep. (Rendering courtesy of Tanya Nayak Design)

Next month, aqua-haired chef Jason Santos’ downtown spot Blue Inc. (which we featured in our November issue here) will gain a “upscale lounge” sibling in Julep, which comes from an investor team that’s also behind Blue Inc., Petit Robert Central, and MacGreevy’s (who knew?). It’s taking over the former Revolution Rock Bar space.

The lounge is going for a old-timey swanky theme, with plush pale green banquettes, chandeliers and “vintage-inspired” fabrics (get a sneak peek in the rendering above). Behind the design is Food Network and HGTV personality Tanya Nayak, who also designed Blue Inc. and Petit Robert Central.

If you’ve dined at the Blue Inc. bar, the food will look familiar (Julep shares the same kitchen)—expect trendy bites like buffalo duck drumettes with Roquefort cheese, fried calamari with bloody mary sauce, tuna tartare tacos, and foie gras-topped gravy fries.

Drinks-wise, you’ll find beverages containing all the buzzwords of the moment: “garden-to-glass,” “craft cocktails,” “vintage.” Hopefully these will fare better than the cocktails at Blue Inc.

Julep hopes to cater to corporate clientele, and the concept seems like it will be a good fit for suits looking to grab some snacks and cocktails after-hours. Julep Bar is located at 200 High Street, and is aiming for an early December opening.

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