Short-lived Harmonie Park speakeasy, The Keep, is returning in a new location with soft openings beginning this weekend, owner Jason Frenkel tells Eater. The cocktail bar is moving into the space below Standard Barber near Cadillac Square and will feature a roughly 700-square-foot patio area. Frenkel says to expect "the same energy in a better location." The Keep will be run by bartender/managers Evan Dawber and Leonard Lopp and will offer a menu of craft cocktails and other drinks.
In addition to The Keep, Frankel reveals that he's working on a "modern and classic" dance club concept in the basement of the same Cadillac Square property. Frenkel doesn't have a name for the venue yet, but says "the focus will be "‘80s [and] ‘90s and electronic dance music. We will offer all the standards in club service from event space rental or bottle service." The owners says local artists are already booking events at the club and they hope to offer gay-friendly nights. The club is slated to open by the end of July.
The Keep made a surprise debut on Randolph Street alongside Asian fusion eatery Tokyo Club in January. However, both projects abruptly shuttered in mid-February due to a landlord-tenant dispute. No word yet on the future of kimchi burger-touting Tokyo Club. Stay tuned.
The Keep will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to midnight; Thursday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.