Clematis gets some Hullabaloo

This Friday, West Palm Beach will have a new bar and eatery from restaurateur Rodney Mayo. I wrote about his new gastropub, called Hullabaloo, for this week's Showtime (story here).

Jon Elu is the restaurant's managing partner, and he says the place is aiming for a '50s New York vibe. Seems like there will be some crafty dishes coming out of that kitchen: Elu says the cheeses and pastas are made in-house, and juices for the cocktails are fresh squeezed in the back, as well.

"The craft cocktails are named after dead rock stars from the past," Elu says, "but not ones that died of natural causes."

So tragic rockers' names fill the drink list: There's the Cobain, the Jim Morrison and an Ian Curtis cocktail.


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The staff also has a history, though presumably not as turbulent and drug-filled. Elu was the manager of Mayo's the Lounge, which previously occupied the Hullabaloo space. The new venue's chef, Fritz Cassel, worked at Gratify Gastropub on Datura Street.

The menu concept at Hullabaloo is loosely Italian-inspired, but Elu admits "it isn't really Italian because we're all over the place." You can preface your cannolis with fried green tomatoes and pork belly.

Elu and Mayo plan to open another club in the next year, but those details are still under wraps.

"I can tell you that it will be something like cabaret," he says. "More to the gay clientele... everybody mixes now. Somewhere where straights and gays can come."

Until the days of free-for-all cabaret, find these drinks among the nostalgic menu items at Hullabaloo:

Ian:
Jameson, Disaronno, agave nectar, orange bitters, muddled oranges and lemons.
Served with fresh thyme.

Cobain:
Boyd and Blair vodka, splash of orange juice, coconut water, muddled strawberries and agave nectar.
Served on the rocks.