When it opens tonight, Black Rose will be serving up “Personal Jesuses” and “Comfortably Numbs” at what was, for over three decades, Odessa Cafe and Bar. Don’t be too shocked by the makeover- the space has been hit with a dose of classic rock and roll, but if you look carefully you’ll recognize the booths near the door.
Christoph Paul‘s latest book — Love Spandrel, a collection of 90 poems out today — is a Valentine’s gift for his girlfriend. But don’t let that fool you: his next one will be titled Tits From Hell, and he describes it as “Rosemary’s Baby meets Nip/Tuck.”
After the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday, we ended up stopping by Odessa Cafe Bar‘s last night after 48 years on Avenue A. Around 3 a.m. the place was buzzing with a very young crowd, though at least one member of the old guard had planned to pay his respects. Erik Foss, who was a bartender there before opening Lit and Fuse Gallery (the latter is also closing, on September 11), wrote on Instagram: “ODESSA , the bar I started out at in the east village is closing tonight for ever, so sad, and haden’t it been for this magical place LIT probably wouldn’t have existed.” Lauren Dillard (Lauren Flax‘s bandmate in CREEP) chimed in: “That’s where I would get perogies before I would Dj for the night at lit!”