Ball & Chain hasn't opened yet, but the Calle Ocho lounge already has quite an interesting history.
Courtesy of Ball & Chain The Calle Ocho Old Fashioned: Classic cocktail gets Cuban flair.
The bar, which originally opened in 1935, back when the area now known as Little Havana was a mostly Jewish neighborhood known as Shenandoah, was a well-known Jazz palace where the likes of Billie Holiday and Count Basie jammed until the sun came up. The original Ball & Chain closed in 1957 and the neighborhood changed around it.
Now, nearly 60 years later, Ball & Chain is poised to reopen as a music venue and cocktail lounge. Partners Bill Fuller, and Zack and Ben Bush will reopen Ball & Chain tonight, planning to stay true to the original concept -- with a few nods to the 21st century.More »