Just as we were about to point to the Insider’s post from yesterday about the Franklin’s mysterious “more food oriented” offshoot as further proof that our speakeasy moment is waning, comes word that the even more mysterious Hop Sing Laundromat that Meal Ticket’s Drew Lazor hipped us to the other day “won’t be a ‘speakeasy’ or ‘Prohibition’-type of bar.” Strange. If it’s not shooting for a speakeasy vibe, then what’s the deal with the fakey shoeshine shop entrance? We have to admit, the promise of 1,000-plus bottles of every imaginable distilled spirit is intriguing, but if it walks like a speakeasy and talks like a speakeasy, it’s probably a speakeasy. Anyhow, like bottle service, we suppose the speakeasy fad isn’t over until Stephen Starr says it is.
Franklin Mortgage branching out [Insider]
More dirt on Hop Sing Laundromat [Meal Ticket]