The Mott Haven neighborhood sometimes referred to as SoBro (or as we prefer to call it, “South Bronx! South South Bronx!”) will soon get a high-end lounge called the Gallery. Hip-hop artist Robert Salese and veteran dj Mikey Eyes will open the 6,000-square-foot space in a former office building off of the Third Avenue Bridge that’s surrounded by what Salese calls “unfucked land.” The owners aren’t afraid to throw the word gentrification around — in fact, Salese says he’ll be bringing “South Beach to the South Bronx” when the spot opens May 17 with a pastel color scheme and a menu of sushi and paninis.
“We’re the first guys to come down and do something as chichi and bourgie as this,” he says, meaning a VIP lounge, bottle service, local artwork on the walls, and what Salese says is an outrageous sound-and-light system for DJs along the lines of Funkmaster Flex, Goumba Johnny, Cassidy and the like (no one is confirmed yet). Just remember, if you go, go in a limo.
The Gallery, 26 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx; 718-402-1400, myspace.com/thegallerybx (www.thegallerybx.com coming soon)