In this week’s magazine, an Intel piece delves into the controversy behind Forty Deuce, but Ivan Kane’s club isn’t the only banker bait coming to Chinatown/Little Italy. As the photo above indicates, the notorious porno wallpaper in M Bar’s bathrooms is being torn down. In its place, come September 24, will be the Randolph at Broome. Look for a “West Indies speakeasy” motif and expect “upscale professionals who love to get down.” That means people who’ve graduated from cheap Bud pitchers to $30 to $40 pitchers of beer and a vodka cocktail called the “Michael Derry.”
To be fair, though owner Hari Kalyan is a lawyer type, he’s also a jazz musician of sorts, so we’ll give him and music director Mike Cannady the benefit of the doubt when they say they want this place to be the next Passerby. They may also be trying to make it the next Sway, since they’re planning to go up against the Sunday-night Smiths party with — prepare yourselves, now — Prince night.