Sutra Successor Swaps ‘Bar Akuda’ for The Grayson on 1st Avenue
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Guess the owners of Mercury Bar and Tonic East in Murray Hill had a change of heart with regard to their new East Village haunt. Until earlier this month, name ascribed to the Sutra successor at 16 First Avenue was Bar Akuda. Illuminated signage even went up in mid-May. However, a few short weeks later, on the precipice of debut, the sports bar received a different identity altogether.
Co-owners Keith McKeon and Kevin Caulfield ultimately decided to swap the kitschy, play-on-words moniker to something more upscale sounding. Behold, the arrival of The Grayson. Kiss the ring.
This “sports-themed” newcomer boasts about a dozen TVs of various sizes. And the typical crowd to match. The Grayson also offers your run-of-the-mill menu of pub fare and drink specials.
Community Board 3 had approved the sale of assets in August 2014, yet without the vote of former Sutra owner Ariel Palitz, who had sat on the SLA subcommittee. Her tenure on the block lasted a decade before the farewell last September.