A space in Paulus Hook that’s gone through many changes over the last few years will be transforming again soon, as Jersey City will welcome its first LGBTQ+ piano bar later this month.
Michael Billy has partnered with Elene Food Group, who owns and operates Buddy Who’s restaurant on the corner of York and Washington streets, to bring a new concept to a 2,500-square-foot space down the block at 100 York Street. The property has housed the Mexican restaurant Los Dos for the last year, but they will be no más following the move.
Michael McAssey will be in residence at the bar for an endeavor dubbed Pianist Envy, which was announced on Instagram earlier this week. McAssey is an award-winning New York Cabaret Artist with an extensive resume that dates back to the early 1980s and includes stints at several Greenwich Village hotspots.
The menu at Pianist Envy hasn’t been released yet, but it looks like it will move away from the Mexican fare that defined Los Dos.
The upcoming venue will be the second LGBTQ+ business that has operated out of the space, the other being a bar called The Royal that opened during 2018.
Pianist Envy hasn’t set hours of operation yet, but they are tentatively scheduled to open on December 11. Those looking to keep tabs on the arrival of Jersey City’s first piano bar can follow the business at the Instagram handle @pianistenvynj.