The best things in life are often found where you'd least expect them, like the mushroom house in Level 1.3 that you can only reach by finding the white block and crouching on top of it for five seconds before proceeding to the warp whistle. Who knew?!? For a new hidden SOMA gem located somewhere even less expected -- a dead end street -- hit Twenty Five Lusk, opening tomorrow.
From two CIA classmates, TFL is a two-story resto n' lounge built in a former meat-processing plant/smokehouse erected in 1917, and featuring the original wood beaming and exposed brick, plus ample amounts of newly added smoked black glass, charcoal slate flooring, and two bars that're Caesar-stoned, also Brutus' back-up plan in case the shanking fell through. Sip-ables will include 250 types of vino, four beers on tap (12 in bottles), and an array of slightly altered classic cocktails, like a bourbon-based Negroni or a rum drink served in a brandy snifter, all of which'll be enjoyed in front of the 17-seat downstairs bar, or even behind it; they've actually carved doorways through what used to be four meat-smoking ovens to create an ash-walled, leather-boothed private drinking sanctuary, or as Ron Artest calls it, the locker room. Upstairs, a contemporary American grub-serving dining room'll seat 120 and plate hearty edibles like a Top Sirloin with cumin-scented carrots and apple-mint demi-glace, a Braised Pork Cheek Terrine served with a spiced cider reduction, and a lobster ravioli with a saffron n' seafood bouillon, but not bullion, as that's already been shipped to Cash 4 Gold in a pre-paid secure envelope.
They've also got a closet-sized temperature controlled wine room upstairs, and in case you were wondering about the name, it's their street address, which is a lot easier to find if you've got the
raccoon Google Map suit.