Ever since the Beatrice Inn closed last April, every bar that has an attractive clientele, an address below street level and celebrity ties has been compared to the West 12th nightclub and dubbed the “New Bea.” The latest is a place called Janis in the basement of a townhouse at 139 West 10th Street, located below the De Santos restaurant and named for Janis Joplin, who used to rent an apartment on the third floor.
“I think it’s a very similar place, and now that [Beatrice] closed, this is a perfect place to come and hang out because it’s the same music and people who used to go to Bea,” said the owner, Luis Miguel. “We have the fashion people, the hipsters, the models, actors and celebrities. It’s a very nice mix.” (Jude Law and Sienna Miller are said to be regulars at the restaurant. And let’s not forget that a Janis Joplin biopic, Gospel According to Janis, starring Zooey Deschanel, is scheduled for release later this year!)
The low-ceilinged space, which had been untouched since 1865, was fixed up by Jay Bearden, who also did Freeman’s on the Lower East Side. A DJ team called Woofgang, which used to spin at Beatrice, will be doing the music on Friday for the bar’s official opening.
“The idea is to have a strict door policy outside so it’s not very loud,” Mr. Miguel said, when asked how he would avoid the noise problems that shuttered the Beatrice. “But also, by Bea, people own a lot of those townhouses; here it’s more commercial, and a lot of young people in the apartments.”
The Bea’s Paul Sevigny, meanwhile, plans to officially open Kenmare, on which he has been collaborating with Rose Bar proprietor Nur Kahn, on March 22. (It had a brief burst of activity during Fashion Week, including a party attended by Mick Jagger.)
“I don’t know why anyone would bother comparing themselves to anything else or setting themselves up for failure,” Mr. Sevigny said from an airport in Paris, en route back to the U.S. “It’s utterly ridiculous. I don’t even want to compare myself to that. That was a specific place and time. It’s certainly not going to be like it. Can’t all these people stand on their own two feet?”