In a world where the shelf life of culinary trends is less than that of a pint of milk, we're pleased to see the gastropub meme going strong more than nine months after The Spotted Pig opened. Andrea Strong reports that Epstein's Bar, the Lower East Side's answer to Corner Bistro, "will start serving a gastro-pub menu on December 1."
In related news, we learn that the place is named after Welcome Back Kotter's Juan Epstein. Says the owner, "He was a Puerto Rican Jew who sort of represents the neighborhood. He was also always absent from school and I always thought he was out drinking."
· Epstein's Bar [StrongBuzz, 4th item]
· Corner Bistro Coming to Lower East Side [Curbed]
· Behold the Gastropub [The Food Section]