Dans le Noir? Planning to Take Over Tonic Space


Tonight’s Community Board 3 SLA agenda looks like a relatively tame one, particularly now that Superdive has been struck from the proceedings.

But there’s still potential for some interesting developments, namely concerning Tonic’s former home at 107 Norfolk Street. The space has been dark since the club, which was renowned for its avant-garde and experimental music performances, shuttered in 2007. According to the CB3 agenda, it may be reborn as Dans le Noir?, the first New York outpost of the Paris-based restaurant chain that hires blind waiters to serve food to diners under the cover of total darkness.

The chain’s plans to come to New York first came to light (sorry) last August, when its owners told the press that they planned to open the restaurant by the end of the year. According to the company’s website, the annoyingly punctuated establishment is now slated to open in November 2010. First, though, it needs to make it past the community board, which of late hasn’t been particularly friendly to full liquor license applications, regardless of whether said liquor will be served with the lights on or off.

In any case, if you happen to be one of the lucky, lucky people who will be attending tonight’s meeting, EV Grieve has devised a hilarious and completely spot-on drinking game you can play to make the evening/night/morning more bearable. Bottoms up!