Shoolbred’s and Ninth Ward Team Opening Kingston Hall in the EV

Channeling a newly independent Jamaica.

Grub hears that Nic Ratner and Robert Morgan the team behind East Village bars Shoolbred's and Ninth Ward are opening another nightspot, Kingston Hall, at the end of the week. Ratner tells us the theme is Jamaica in 1962: The country has just become independent and the vibe is still "British colonial, but with a sixties feel ... not Bob Marley, more Ian Fleming," he says. The upstairs space at 149 Second Avenue formerly housed Thai place Holy Basil; now it's been made over to resemble a "Jamaican mansion that's been taken over by sixties hipsters," with two fireplaces and a pool table, Ratner tells us. Drinkswise, the house specialty will be rum, with a wide selection of the spirit and cocktails served in coconut shells, "but not like Trader Vic's." On the food menu: upscale pub grub with a Jamaican bent think beef and chicken patties. Look for a Friday night opening.