Next month, one of the owners behind the Passenger will team up with a new group of partners to open the New York Avenue Beach Bar — which, yes, will be a bar. Filled with sand. Like the beach. First reported by the Post's Fritz Hahn, Passenger's Tom Brown is one of the men responsible for bringing in "about 80 tons" of sand, plus picnic tables, lounge chairs and multiple bars with cheap beer and rum punch.
Eater talked to co-owner Robert Bailey, who along with Brown and Karl Graham will be running the show at the New York Avenue Beach Bar — and who also provided the actual diorama of the bar you see here (click to enlarge). Though the original plan was for a mid-May soft opening, Bailey says the team now plans to open Cinco de Mayo weekend for a "special event," meaning the sand will be in, there will be plenty of drinking and possibly a mariachi band and DJ. But the buildout won't be complete, as they only take possession of the lot on May 1. So after Cinco de Mayo, the bar will close again until the buildout is complete, sometime in mid-May.
So what's the bar going to look like, aside from the sand? Well, there are going to be two or three bars located throughout the beach — one main bar with mixed drinks and beer and another two that Bailey says will probably be just beer. There's also going to be space for food trucks to pull in, which will take care of the dining component at the New York Avenue Beach Bar. No trucks are lined up yet, though Bailey says they're in talks with a truck that's not yet out on the streets. They also might take to social media to solicit opinions as to which local trucks the bar should bring in on any given night.
The owners are also considering theme nights, such as, say, Tuesday night beach movie nights, luau nights, etc. They'll be closed on Mondays, but open noon to 3 a.m. on weekends. Stay tuned for more information on that upcoming Cinco de Mayo party — and you can follow the bar on twitter @nyavebeachbar.