“But why does Camp David share a name with the presidential retreat?” you ask. Well, the David in question is owner David Lopez, the affable Venezuelan import who today gave us a sneak peek of the space in advance of tonight’s opening. “I want people to feel like it is home,” Lopez says.
Though this is his first foray into the bar and nightlife business, Lopez has had ample experience planning parties during his 17 years working for socialite Denise Rich (who, David tells is, will be stopping by this evening).
David, who always dreamed of owning his own space, designed the interior himself. “Those are our two pets,” he says, referring to the aforementioned furry ottomans. If Camp David is half as fun as David himself, we’re confident it will quickly become a new East Village favorite.
Camp David is located at 221 Avenue B, bet. East 13th and 14th Streets, and will be open from 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 2 p.m. Friday to Sunday