A few months ago, I ran into a group of guys hanging out on stools outside of the old AIX space. I asked them whether AIX was (God forbid) going to reopen and they said no, they were thinking about reopening the space as either a Mediterranean or Mexican restaurant.
Well, the restaurant has reopened, but not as a Med or Mex restaurant. It's a greenmarkety, American comfort food type of establishment to judge by the charmingly wrinkled menu posted in the glass box out front, and offers a wide variety of small plates. Ed Witt's is listed as the chef. (I belatedly realized that one of those guys out front may've been him. Kinda cool. :) The soft opening was yesterday. As of noon, there were newspapers on the windows. When I passed by again at 6, the place was bustling. From a quick peek through the windows, the space looks sleek and modern, but not over the top like AIX was.
There's no relationship between this restaurant and its predecessor, but oddly, they still use the same reservation system. My name shows up from a reservation made years ago!
I'm set to eat there on Wed. when the restaurant opens to the general public. Here's hoping the food is a lot better than at AIX.