(Le) Poisson Rouge somewhat quietly opened the doors to 158 Bleecker Street a little over a week ago. The renovated space is still undergoing some final touches before their grand opening in September, but they are currently partially open and hosting shows (view the calendar here). The venue has a pretty legendary history, from the press release:

"The Village Gate operated at 158 Bleecker Street from the late '50s until 1993, and played host to icons ranging from John Cage, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin, to Jimi Hendrix, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Morrison, Timothy Leary, Andy Warhol, and the Velvet Underground. It is this same experimental, genre-bending spirit that (Le) Poisson Rouge hopes to carry forward as it re-opens the doors."

As mentioned back in May

, the space (when fully complete) will consist of an 800-capacity flexible performance space (250 seated), 130-capacity attached, soundproof lounge bar, 2 cinema-sized screens, 2 elevated VIP Opera Boxes, a full catering kitchen, concert bar menu, and daytime lounge menu. So far only their cocktail menu is available on their website -- the rest will come in September, when the paint dries.