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Stop and Shop: Hasbeens & Willbees
Kai Kuhne and John Mollett partner on a quirky restaurant and store in upstate New York
This past weekend, the Catskills region got an injection of whimsical unconventionality courtesy of the former fashion designer and original Asfour member Kai Kuhne and his partner, former gallery director John Mollett. The co-founders of Hasbeens & Willbees, an unusual auction house coming to Long Island City in the near future, have opened a restaurant-cum-store under the H&W banner in Andes, a tiny, quirky town in Delaware County, New York. Kuhne and Mollett have ambitious plans for the H&W brand, including ongoing series of truly experiential auctions—complete with elaborate dinners—of the vast, motley assortment of stuff they’ve been snatching up around the world over the last two years, including vintage Body Glove gear, multiple stuffed egrets, and an extraordinary collection of folk, outsider, and contemporary art.
In the meantime, a small sample of this bounty (as well as goods donated from friends and family) is available in the duo’s Andes outpost, which is part curiosity shop and part Whistle Stop Café. Taxidermy not to your taste? Then try the white balsamic-marinated beets with cilantro and goat cheese yogurt.
Hasbeens & Willbees, 22 Lee Lane, Andes, New York is open Thursday through Sunday, from “around noon to after dinner.”