Hospitality veterans Johnny Swet and Larry Poston have partnered with newcomer Yanni Marmarou to open Rogue & Canon, an approachable bar and kitchen located at 128 West Houston Street, NY.
Serving a truncated menu of classic dishes and cocktails, representing the new American “canon,” the dining menu and artisanal cocktails will also reflect the “rogue” stylings of Swet (the cocktail maestro) and Executive Chef Adam Slamon.
“We want to create a venue that speaks to the neighborhood, which is at the crossroads of SoHo and the West Village,” said Swet. “The idea is to be as accessible as possible for the neighborhood through the creative collaboration between the team by serving a menu of unexpected dishes and cocktails that will incentivize people to come visit us from all over the city.”
Chef Slamon has created menu items that best reflect the “canon” including Welsh Rarebit, Hangover Lo Mein and Steak Frites, with classic cocktails such as a Navy Grog and a Classic Sarzerac. On the “rogue” side, Chef Adam expressed his creativity with his Poached Duck Egg, Skate with winter hash and cured meyer lemon confit and the Rogue Burger which features aged cheddar, peanut butter, onion marmalade and house made bacon. Swet came up with a variety of cocktails that showcase his more out-of-the-box thinking with Midnight Train to Georgia, which incorporates bourbon, peanut liquor, bacon bitters and rosemary; and American Pie, which features apple jack, apple liqueur and cranberry juice over a cinnamon ice block. There will also be an emphasis on small batch, artisanal spirits as well as a wide selection of seasonal craft beers both on tap and bottled.
The interior design of Rogue & Canon, created by the owners, features elements of exposed brick walls, copper ceilings, embossed leather banquettes and low service tables (seating 53) in addition to a collection of art from respected downtown New York artists. Rogue & Canon also boasts a 26-foot long bar featuring a 3-inch thick solid mahogany bar top and large French windows that open onto street level, bringing the NYC outdoor scene tableside during warm months.
The culmination of a longstanding relationship, Rogue & Canon is the latest project from Swet and Poston, who also collaborated on JIMMY at The James in SoHo. Their combined experience in hospitality includes executive positions at some of New York’s finest locations, including Bowery Bar, Balthazar, Pastis, Freeman’s and The Waverly Inn. This is Marmarou’s first venue – he has a successful track record as a real estate consultant in the hospitality industry in New York for the last 5 years.