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NYC’s Past Will Have Presence in Gaslamp

The eating and drinking lineup in downtown’s always-evolving Gaslamp Quarter is about to get a splashy new arrival, helmed by six veterans of San Diego’s hospitality scene. A multistory, 7,800-square foot venue called Queensborough — a 1920s-style cocktail bar, lounge and restaurant named for the New York City borough — will open in July in the space that formerly housed Maloney’s Tavern for 25 years at 777 Fifth Ave.

Operators said the venue’s upstairs bar and restaurant will open in the early part of the month, with an underground lounge debuting in late July. Queens is the hometown of Shane Brennan, a co-founder of operating partner Brethren Collective who previously co-founded local venues such as Searsucker and Herringbone.

Also on the Queensborough partnership team are Brethren co-founder Mike Vizcarra, whose resume includes Seven Grand Whiskey Bar; Bluemotif Architecture CEO Matthew Ellis, who also designed Little Italy’s Juniper & Ivy among other downtown venues; Executive Chef Taylor Houseman, who has helmed the cuisine at restaurants including Ironside Fish & Oyster and Lionfish; general counsel and advisor James Kaen, who did similar work for Keating Hotel Group; and Edward Kaen, Keating’s founder and CEO.

Operators describe the Queensborough vibe as “sophisticated elegance,” with leather booths, cantilevered marble tabletops, antique brass light fixtures, exposed brick walls, and a vintage phone booth sourced from Brennan’s uncle in Queens. There will also be an “authentic subway turnstile” and original New York subway tokens inlaid in the mosaic bar floor.

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