When The Libertine Liquor Bar moves from its current location at 38 E. Washington St. to the basement of chef/owner Neal Brown’s newest Pizzology at 608 Massachusetts Ave., the popular cocktail bar will have a completely different look.
“We’re going to rethink Libertine,” Brown said earlier this summer. “We’re basically going to move it, but it’s going to be completely different and new.”
For one thing, the new location will have a more casual feel than the original.
“We made it a little too formal, I feel like,” Brown said of the current location. “Libertine when it moves is going to be much more like a bar. We’re going to loosen our suspenders a bit and be a bar. It’s no longer a Kentucky-meets-Great-Gatsby sort of thing.”
Brown said the lease was up at the Washington Street location, which will stay open through October. And since he had leased the entire basement in the building that now houses Pizzology, it made sense to move.
Plus, he said, “I think we’ve just evolved. I’m just not very interested in exclusivity anymore. I’m so tired of eating in places that are shrines to the food and shrines to the craft. I want the focus to be on the guest. I’m tired of it being being the chef show and the bartender show. We have an opportunity to reinvent ourselves.”–Jolene Ketzenberger