If you've ever found yourself starving at the Knitting Factory with a long break between sets from your favorite bands, then this will be welcome news: This summer, the Williamsburg music venue will be opening its own restaurant next door at 367 Metropolitan Avenue.
"We're very excited to have the restaurant. We love the neighborhood, and to add the food component to the Knitting Factory is also very exciting. We're really stoked," said Knitting Factory General Manager Bob Reiter. The site previously housed the Japanese izakaya restaurant Qoo Robata, which closed last spring, and Reiter esimates that it seats around 50 people; a liquor license application for the space has been filed.
While details about the menu are forthcoming, Reiter the concept will be similar to Knitting Factory's other hospitality ventures, which include The District Bar gastropub in Spokane, Washington, two Hollywood eateries—the Latin Bow and Truss—and the upscale classic American joint The Federal.
The renovation of the space will be fairly minimal, Reiter said, with the bulk of the remodeling limited to aesthetics. "There's really no change to the existing condition [of the building's structure]—all in all, it's an interesting layout," he said. "There's a raised ceiling in the back so there's going to be some cool design stuff there." Design firm Hecho Inc is doing the work; they're also the folks who brought us the Baby's Alright's interior (and they make dumpster pools). Says Reiter: "We're really excited to have Hecho Inc. as the design company that did the buildout here, they're great."