Julie Rainer of Flatiron Lounge Takes Tailor Space

Photo: Daniel Maurer

With Fork in the Road reporting that Painkiller will open in mid-April, and Lost City uncovering the relics of a former tiki joint in Jackson Heights, our mind is on all things Polynesian. And yet this news blows us away, monsoon-style. Diner’s Journal reports that Julie Rainer of Flatiron Lounge and Clover Club is bringing top-notch mixology back to Eben Freeman’s old stomping grounds — the Tailor space at 525 Broome Street (so much for rumors that Socarrat might take it). And the Hawaii native is opening (you guessed it) a Pacific-Rim (but not a “tiki”!) spot that will serve tuna poke, barbecued ribs, and a pu-pu platter. Says Rainer: “Cocktails have gotten too serious these days.”

Julie Reiner to Turn Tailor Space Tropical [Diner’s Journal/NYT]