NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - There's nothing like a little exclusivity to drum up demand for something. A new hotspot is taking it to a new level by only seating nine people at a time. There are 5 bar stools and one table for four.
Mr. Donahue's is in the Nolita (North of Little Italy) section of Manhattan. It is the brainchild of Matt Danzer and Ann Redding.
"We were kind of channeling grandpa chic," Redding says.
The married couple is also behind the hot-spot Thai restaurant Uncle Boons. They earned a Michelin star last year.
"We've been extremely lucky with Uncle Boons and this is a complete departure from what we are doing there," Redding says. "We'll see what happens."
Mr. Donahue's is named after one of Danzer's grandfathers, who is a war veteran and former NYPD officer.
"Old-school American, New York guy, has a Purple Heart," Danzer says. "Kind of a meat and potatoes guy...Irish-Italian."
The restaurant will feature classic American cooking where diners chose a meat dish and a changing list of sides.
The restaurant's music will feature a mix of big band and Americana. The service wear will be antique silver.
The restaurant won't be quite as exclusive later in the year when they hope to double capacity by adding outdoor seating.