1) Elevator, Opening April 8, 2016
Xinle Lu lounge Lune closed in February and we've got the pictures to prove it. The very next day they started gutting the place to make room for a new dance club called Elevator, named after that building's famously small lift. Music will be house, disco, and techno, with local nights and international bookings. Some of the folks involved include DJ Mau Mau (Co:Motion, TICT), Jung & Kelly (Rehab), and Taipei (LoGO, Lune). The Texture Group are doing a lot of the design and lighting so you know it's gonna look fresh, and MODE Audio are handling sound.
During the day they'll have ping pong, board games, morning raves, recovery yoga, film screenings, and more, plus a tiny "experimental restaurant" called Crouton. Opening party is April 8 with MIIIA, Deep 19, Allan Marshall, Miki Discosnot, and Christian Lindberg.
2) Reel To Reel, Opening May 2016
URVC started as a café and radio station in 2014 then turned into one of Shanghai's most popular small clubs, often raging until 8am and beyond. The neighbors are not among its fans, and noise complaints have dampened many a good night. With that, after May, URVC will turn into more of a jazz lounge and bossman Dave K will open a new club in Fuxing SOHO called Reel To Reel. Here's what we know: different rooms playing different music; outdoor space; underground music; clean toilets; DJs playing in the bathroom; mid-range prices; maybe 2x the size of URVC; might be open 24/7; zero neighbors.
Fuxing SOHO, man. Worst mall design ever, but some great places in there.
3) L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Opening March 25 2016
As far as celebrity chefs go, this guy is big. The son of a bricklayer has a few accomplishments: 25 Michelin Stars for his restaurants (the most in the world); a "Chef of the Century" award from Gault Millau; trained Gordon Ramsay; won the Meilleur Ouvrier de France award back in '76; basically wrote the book on post-nouvelle French cuisine. Robuchon is in Shanghai on March 23 and his first restaurant in the mainland (he has spots in HK and Macau) opens on March 25, on the third floor of Bund 18, featuring L'Atelier (the restaurant), Salon De Thé (French afternoon tea), and La Boutique (bakery). They're currently taking reservations.
4) Lost Heaven Silk Road, Opening Late March / Early April 2016
Pictured in the top photo, Yunnan restaurant empire Lost Heaven has taken over the entire warehouse space on Julu Lu where Mesa & Manifesto once stood. Lots of shops and restaurants opening in the space. First up is Lost Heaven Silk Road, a place decorated like Dunhuang caves and serving cuisines from the whole damn Silk Road, from Xi'an to Dunhuang, across the pamirs, through Persia, India, Central Asia, and ending up in the Mediterranean. Sounds wild.
5) John Liu x Michael Sun x Cody Allen's Hotel Bar / Resto, Opening Early Summer 2016
What is this, the Velvet Revolver of Shanghai F&B? So you've got John Liu (Scarpetta / Coquille), Michael Sun (Muse / Nest / Capo), and Cody Allen (Le Baron) opening a restaurant and bar inside the Ascott hotel, right around K11 and Xintiandi. The space is indoor and outdoor, overlooking the massive Yanzhong Park and the skyline around People's Square, and they'll have all-day dining, happy hour, dinner, and after-dinner drinks. Expect a mix between the vibe at Nest and the food at Mr. Liu's establishments.
6) STYX World of Skewers, Opening June 2016
Around the world via regional BBQ skewers. That's the concept at former Three on the Bund Director of Operations Pascal Ballot's restaurant, opening above the Hengshan Lu metro station in June. So, chuan with good ingredients. Skewers from Jakarta; skewers from France; skewers from Vietnam. It's like the Street Fighter II of BBQ skewers. They'll be open all day for sit-down or take-way, with some sides like gado gado salad and a full bar menu. Open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays as well. Sounds rad.
Lots, lots more coming this year. Stay tuned.