Louis 649 Closes for a Paint Job

Louis 649, the cocktail bar on 9th Street known for its industry insider tastings, is closing for a paint job, says owner Zachary Sharaga. It will reopen in early October, in time for its sixth anniversary gala, slated for Thursday, October 28.

Tickets to the gala are $160 -- significantly more than the free drinks offered regularly to patrons attending weekly tastings -- with proceeds going toward the Harlem School of Music's Opus 118, a nonprofit that promotes music instruction among kids. In addition to a new coat of paint, patrons will notice a revised menu when Louis reopens, featuring steak tartare sourced from Japan Premium Beef. The tartare is bare, says Sharaga, made with well-marbled wagyu beef, egg, onion, salt, and not much else.

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