A walk down 1st Street today revealed that signage is up for the Bowery outpost of Ukrainian restaurant and East Village institution Veselka. But don’t get too excited just yet — opening day is still a couple months off.
“Our opening date will probably be in May. Maybe early June, but we’re hoping to be faster than that,” said Veselka owner Tom Birchard, who mentioned that this new location will be similar to the one on Second Avenue, but will have a full liquor license and be “a little less dinerish and a little more restauranty.” As for the menu, he notes that “everything will still be inexpensive and casual but we’ll have some really exciting items. We’re looking for inexpensive caviar, and we’re going to have lots of vodkas from Eastern Europe, which will be great because the food goes great with it.”
The restaurant will seat around 100 customers while a sidewalk café will accommodate another 30 to 40 diners. And for those pierogi diehards who can’t wait until May, the original Veselka is currently running specials for the new Veselka Bowery items.