For whatever reason, a super-swank Asian restaurant from the owners of Acme and Indochine will not take the place of Lucky Cheng’s in the East Village, EV Grieve reports. Instead, 24 First Avenue will soon become the second outpost of multiple-award-winning pitmaster Myron Mixon’s Pride and Joy. The “honky tonk” barbecue restaurant opened first in Miami in September; expect ribs, pulled pork, wings, and lots and lots of brisket. Lucky Cheng’s Hayne Suthon, who lives in the building, tells EV Grieve that Mixon’s team has “been very receptive to my ideas as to what is needed in the neighborhood.”
Mixon also seems to be excited. In the last 24 hours, he’s tweeted a flurry of tidbits about the place, including a photo of the demolition in progress. The new restaurant will occupy three floors and also have — wait for it — a roof deck. Mixon says the restaurant could be ready as early as March.