I spoke this afternoon with Tim McEnery, owner of Dish restaurant at the ilume, and he informed me of some changes set to take place there soon.
If you’ve been to the hit eatery in the gayborhood, you have have noticed the recessed, elevated dining area which looks like it could be a stage. Well, McEnery noticed that, too, and that’s what it could become. Plans are in place to add a semi-opaque curtain to run the length of the area that would filter about 70 percent of visibility, making it ideal for private dining and mixers. But it also makes it a great space as a stage for late-night entertainment.
Starting soon, on Friday and Saturday nights from about 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., that space will give way to drag shows, DJs and the like. The dining crowd usually slows down by then, so it seems like a good fit, McEnery says, as Dish remains open with a full bar as well as waiter service to the tables. Already booked to fill the space is The Lady Bunny, pictured — not the flat bread, which is delicious there — who will play there Pride weekend.
And they are already looking forward to sometime in the next two or three weeks opening up the patio once the weather cools down.