...and he told me that he's opening a new resto attached to The Mercury (the new one). It will be called "8" and while the Merc will be smoking the resto will not be. The resto will be on the 5th St side where Cocktail Club was whereas the Merc is on the 17th side with a nice big new patio abutting the one for the Ship and Anchor.
No idea what's on offer there, but he seemed really enthusiastic. And what a personable guy.