After rumors leaked that the John Dory might be reopening in the Ace Hotel, we called Ken Friedman who confirmed that hes negotiating a deal to occupy a vacant space on 29th Street and Broadway. He expects to solidify things with the hotel within the next week or two, and after that, therell be the question of whether or not the Ace can score another liquor license for a restaurant, two times the size of the original, that may be called the John Dory, or may not be (Friedman also says the dcor may or may not look as much like an acid trip underwater).
We love the neighborhood, Friedman told us. Its everything that the old neighborhood was not people live there, people work there, and theres so much going on there. Adding to that is a friendly landlord and the possibility of a sidewalk permit. If the project moves forward, expect the hotels Tin Pan Alleythemed bar to be set aside for the moment. April and I looked at each other and said, Lets do one thing at a time what do we really need to do? Any bars are on hold till we can realize our biggest dream, which is reopening the John Dory.