New Haven's famed Anchor Bar, which closed at the start of the year, will reopen in the fall.
Yale University Properties announced Wednesday it has signed a lease agreement with Karl Franz Williams, owner of the 67 Orange Street cocktail bar in Harlem, according to a news release. Williams is a Yale graduate and has designed cocktails for the Yale Club of NY, D'USSE Cognac and other commercial and non-commercial clients, the release said. The Anchor name will stay.
"We wanted to be sensitive to the history of the Anchor, while inviting a new and exciting concept for the space," said Lauren Zucker, Yale University's associate vice president for New Haven affairs and University Properties, in the statement. "As promised, we were committed to identifying an operator who would meet the needs of our community and we are delighted to welcome the new Anchor to New Haven."
Williams said in the statement that he is "thrilled to be part of the New Haven community and part of the Yale University Properties’ portfolio." "As a Yale graduate, it is extremely exciting for me to re-invigorate this concept for New Haven," he said.
The new Anchor's menu will feature salads, small plates, sandwiches and a "unique mixology concept," according to the statement. It will be open seven days a week.
In 2014, the original Anchor was named one of Esquire Magazine's "Best Bars in America," where the magazine noted the bar's appeal as a "survivor" of the days when cocktail "lounges" were in vogue.
* This post has been updated to correct an error; the Anchor's original sign will be retained by the Moore family, the original owners of the establishment.