Besaw's owner Cana Flug is going big this year. In addition to reopening Besaw's and reuniting the Wildwood team, she's opening The Solo Club, a coffee and pastry cafe by day, and a dessert and amaro-focused bar at night. "Solo Club is an homage to the old Besaw's," Flug tells Eater (the o.g. Besaw & Liberty saloon was renamed Solo Club during Prohibition). When The Solo Club opens next door to Besaw's—which could happen as soon as late February—you'll find small plates by Dustin Clark, pastries and desserts by Michelle Vernier, and a bar program designed with help from local cocktail aficionados Bull In China.
Speaking on the Right at the Fork podcast this week, Flug released more details. She said The Solo Club would be "a complimentary business to Besaw's"; for instance, the two will share an outdoor patio, and when Besaw's closes in the afternoons at 3, The Solo Club will open with happy hour. Also, whereas Besaw's will serve full breakfast dishes, The Solo Club will offer counter service and coffees and pastries to-go. Vernier is "one of the most gifted pastry chefs I've ever see," Flug said on Right at the Fork. "She's been with Vito—Vitaly Paley—for many years. She was at Wildwood before."
Few specifics are out on the small plates menu, but Flug hinted it will likely involve flavors from Clark's recent travels through Southeast Asia. As for the the amaro and bitters-focused cocktail program, that will continue until 1 a.m.