The rumor is true. In an ironic marriage of old and new, the East Village’s Bourgeois Pig, a popular cocktail lounge/fondue bar, is expanding to Carroll Gardens and will open in the former Calpurnia Wine Bar space at Court Street and First Place, in the Scotto’s Funeral Home building.
Ravi DeRossi, the force behind the popular Manhattan spots Death & Co, Mayahuel and Cienfuegos, says they are “just starting construction today” (Monday) at the new space, with an opening about three to four months away.
Unlike the Bourgeois Pig on Seventh Street in Manhattan, our Carroll Gardens lounge will have a liquor license with Frank Cisneros of Dram running the cocktail program.
Expect a daily changing fondue menu courtesy of Luis Gonzales (also of Mayahuel, Cienfuegos, Death & Co.) and a raw bar. Both Cisneros and Gonzales are partners in the space.
The vibe (dark, sexy, relaxed) will be like the original Pig, and attention will be paid to the wine program with the ultimate goal to create a place people will want to stop by several times a week, DeRossi says.
DeRossi has a newfound love of Carroll Gardens after moving to the neighborhood. He says he is looking “to create a really nice, local neighborhood place.”
Don’t expect “some crazy destination place like Death & Co.,” he says.
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