Covered in plywood for months, a Greenwich Avenue space named Sweetiepie will open later this fall. Owner and literary agent Luke Janklow (nephew of Warner Le Roy, whose Tavern on the Green and Russian Tea Room are restaurant icons) and wife Julie spoke to Cool Hunting today about their plans for a "magical" restaurant that inspires nostalgia for long-closed ice-cream mecca Rumpelmeyers. The two-room space will have marble floors, mirrored walls, mirrored ceilings, and what Cool Hunting describes as "a giant birdcage that seats six." Eater reported in August that Mario Batali was a partial backer, but Julie Janklow says only that Batali "has been kind enough to consult and charm." The menu sounds like traditional American, with a few elements of surprise: "Baked potato and steak, spaghetti and meatballs, caviar, [and] pancakes for dinner." We’d like to say which one of these does not belong, but keep in mind that Luke Janklow was teething at the Russian Tea Room.
Sweetiepie Restaurant: An Interview With Julie Janklow [Cool Hunting]