From the looks of things, House is pretty much ready to open. Chef Moreno is in the kitchen prepping and retouching the menu. Tables and chairs are set, the bar is shiny and waiting, the cable TV ready to be switched on, business cards have been printed, and staff is being trained. But Severse points out that the bar taps have yet to be hooked up, and last minute details await finalization. Marder is all about precision, instructing assistants to move signage here or there, unwrapping new shipments of display items, and explaining what decor elements are yet to come.
Despite the size of the space, housing only about 30 seats, Marder left room for a House Wine section, where lockers with numbers will hold their wine selection ($30 - $60), complete with a library ladder for easy access. The bar taps have numbers too, suggesting a menu feature that will label taps of the week by their given number. The dining area is at once Parisian cafe and modern bistro with colorful rattan bar chairs near sleek, sculpted plastic dining chairs. The bar is a timeless grey marble, tempering the red, black and dark woods of the decor.
House Cafe will be open from 8AM to 11PM daily and is currently testing out dishes for friends and family. The soft opening is set for this coming Thursday.
— Daniela Galarza