What is now the All Asia bar and music venue is in the process of transforming into Prospect Lounge, which will be a new venue from the same owners located nearby in Central Square. Eater recently spoke with All Asia owner Marc Shulman, who says that Prospect Lounge will have "higher quality food for a rock bar," though he notes that "the picture is still gelling." Once again, his wife and business partner Patricia Chen will serve as the chef. Shulman says to espect a "global bistro, small plate" approach, and according to preliminary copy on the upcoming venue's website, prices may range from $6 to $13. The same source suggests that dinner service would run from 5PM to 9PM, at which point the dining area would transition into a live music venue: dinner patrons may be able to stick around to see the show at a discounted rate. During performances, small plates and cocktails would continue to be served until closing time. And there may be weekend brunch.
A (highly entertaining) fundraising pitch video for the venue's Indiegogo campaign reveals more possible details, including the above conceptual rendering of the space and a look at the actual space, which is currently empty. In the video, Shulman refers to Chen as the "queen of dumplings" and Chen says that Shulman's karaoke is "very good, because he has been trained by an Asian master" (which is presumably herself). The couple says that the new venue will be "bigger and better" than the 12-year-old All Asia, especially if they achieve their fundraising goal to purchase the ideal sound and recording equipment.
Prospect Lounge's new home would be at 334 Mass Ave. Once upon a time, the new venue was going to be called Valhalla. Here's that video:
· Prospect Lounge [Official Site]
· All Asia Indiegogo Pitch [Indiegogo]
· The All Asia Will Move And Turn Into Prospect Lounge [~EBOS~]