Stephen Simons' decision to transform Old City mainstay the Khyber into an izakaya proved to be wildly unpopular with the storied indie rock temples once faithful following. Dont believe us? Take a look at the heaps of scorn left in the comments section of Drew Lazors post about that plan on the Citypapers Meal Ticket blog. Now comes word that the Khyber will not go the Japanese route and is, in fact, aiming for southern flavor and American craft beer, according to Ashley Thomas, the events coordinator for Simons and partner Dave Frank, who also own the Royal Tavern, Cantina Los Caballitos and Cantina Dos Segundos.
This confirms what Foobooz and BROG both said last week, based on an ad from Craigslist for front of the house staff. Still theres a piece to this puzzle that doesnt fit: Whats all this mean for Todd Dae Kulper, the former Ro-Zu chef who supposedly signed on to create Japanese pub dishes for the now 86ed izakaya?
Khyber Going South? [Foobooz]
Khyber Last Show Ever [Citypaper]
The Khyber will become [Meal Ticket]