Blue Smoke Team Launching New Bar, Porchlight

New York City's west side is getting a little more interesting; Union Square Hospitality Group has announced that the Blue Smoke team will be opening a new Southern food bar concept called Porchlight, located at 28th Street and 11th Avenue in the 1891 Waterfront New York Building.

Helmed by Blue Smoke's co-founder Mark Maynard-Parisi, the bar will serve "signature cocktails, regional micrbrews, and soulful, Southern-inspired bar food," which we can only hope means something similar to Maysville's deep-fried grits.

"We are excited and proud to be a pioneering member of the vibrant, evolving community in Manhattan's burgeoning West Chelsea. We're thrilled to create a welcoming and timeless gathering place that serves delicious food and drink and that residents, neighborhood employees, and visitors alike can make their home away from home," Maynard-Parisi said in a press release.

This will be the seventh restaurant in Blue Smoke Enterprises (which lost executive chef Kenny Callaghan recently), including the flagship Blue Smoke, a second outpost in Battery Park City, the Jazz Standard jazz club, and three Blue Smoke On the Roads. The opening date for Porchlight is slated for fall 2014.