As at the Waverly, the walls at DeLucie’s new West 9th St. spot are as eye-catching as the patrons. Interspersed among vintage maps and lesser known art works are pieces by Warhol, Basquiat, Damien Hirst and David LaChapelle. The two-story space has quite the illustrious history: in the 1950’s, long before it became a restaurant called The Village (which closed last year), it was a gay cabaret spot also called The Lion. Barbra Streisand won a talent contest there before she was famous, and a teenaged Joel Schumacher was a bus boy.
Reps for the restaurant insist it will be more democratic than the Waverly. There will be a phone number and email address for reservations, and walk-ins are supposedly welcome (despite the fact that it has yet to open to the public, neighbor John Leguizamo has allegedly already made it his regular burger joint). And a rep for The Lion says that, eventually, reservations will even be available via–gasp!–Opentable.