Today in cocktails: Diners Journal reports that Audrey Saunders has parted ways with the tiki-themed Tar Pit bar in Los Angeles just two months after opening it (she and chef Mark Peel had disagreements about marketing). At PDT, Fork in the Road discovers that Audrey Saunders protg and noted vodka-phobe Jim Meehan has relented and added a vodka cocktail to the menu. Meanwhile, similarly sacrilegious: On the New York tiki scene, Richard Boccato and Giuseppe Gonzalez reveal to Diners Journal that when their New York City Tiki bar Painkiller opens in March or April, theyll be offering a pia colada in addition to 15 to 20 drinks, including some classic by tiki trailblazers like Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vics, as well as some original creations, and a Scorpion Bowl menu.
And over in Williamsburg, Eater reports that the guys from Macao and Employees Only have started building a Mediterranean-themed restaurant on Boriquen Place in called Lighthouse: The restaurant will feature an oyster bar and will serve light fare and a large assortment of pickles.
An Island Cocktail Lounge, Manhattan Island [Diners Journal/NYT]
Audrey Saunders Leaves the Tar Pit [Diners Journal/NYT]
! Pizzacone, Olio, Pizza Junkie and More Coming Soon [Eater NY]
PDT Adds First Ever Vodka Cocktail to the Menu [Fork in the Road/VV]