Latitude 29, the highly-anticipated new tiki bar and Polynesian restaurant from world-renowned zombie king Jeff Beachbum Berry is slated to open in November in the former Iris space, and this week Todd Price gets an early look at what all will be inside. Apparently Beachbum wanted walls and floors covered in tiki ephemera and lamps galore, but his wife/biz partner Annene Kaye insisted he pare it down into a "contemporary tiki aesthetic."
Expect bamboo awnings, chairs/tables from Florida's former Mai Kai Restaurant, vintage light fixtures, "tiki artifacts" from Berry's personal collection, custom tikis/wooden panels by artist Bosko, "coconut tile" wainscoting, and "a carved map of tropical destinations, including New Orleans on latitude 29" behind the bar, which will be manned by the trifecta Steve Yamada, Brad Smith, and Hadi Ktiri.
As for the drinks, Price notes:
The menu of 26 tropical drinks will be 40-percent tiki classics and 60-percent Berry's original, contemporary recipes.
On the food side, Chris Shortall--known for his barbecue at Twelve Mile Limit--has been working on his 'PolynAsian' menu for months, so do expect some tasty ribs.