There are big changes on the horizon for Jsix; in December, the restaurant will shutter for an "intensive remodel" with the intention of reopening in mid-February. Though the name will remain, the new Jsix promises to look and feel dramatically different.
Jsix opened in 2005, before the East Village's restaurant culture started to flourish; now, Jsix's owners want to update the restaurant to fit in with the neighborhood and give its chef, Christian Graves , the setting that his food deserves.
With the refresh, the layout of the space will change; the dining room will become smaller, and more intimate, while the bar will double in size; Jsix will put significant emphasis on a new cocktail program. The area that serves as the current dining room will be closed off and used for private events, but they'll keep some element of an open kitchen.
While the food will remain focused on refined dishes and hand made components, Graves is adding dishes that encourage social dining, including small plates that can be shared among a group and half-size portioned entrees. The menu will also get more playful and drink-friendly; look for Graves' take on a TJ hot dog and his famous fried mortadella.
Hotel Solamar is hoping that the space will be more warm and approachable, which the new design will accomplish using brick and wood. The hotel also plans to eventually update its rooftop bar, LOUNGEsix.
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