NYC based Restauranteur Jon Bakshi checks into the Dream Hotel with Japanese Club-Restaurant Meg

Jon Bakhshi began his career as a club promoter. In July 2005, he entered the entrepreneurial field when he opened Home, a nightclub on West 27th Street in Chelsea, Manhattan. He opened a nearby companion club called Guest House in August 2005.
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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. - June 26, 2016 - PRLog -- Mega-lounge Megu is making a comeback to New York, this time in Chelsea's Dream Downtown hotel. Jon Bakhshi of Beautique - a restaurant once called a "playpen for millionaires" - purchased the rights to Megu last year.

Megu - from Jon Bakhshi, of Beautique American restaurant - is slated to open mid-July.

Jon Bakhshi is an American restaurateur based in New York City. He has founded numerous restaurants and lounges including Home, Guest House, and Greenhouse.

Now Megu, a Japanese "clubstaurant," is coming to the subterranean space. It will be just as upscale, but with a different, more purist twist, and still a good spot for dates and group get togethers.

The 2,800 square-foot space will have 145 seats. It will include a six-seat sushi bar in addition to a main bar that will have 10 seats.

The executive chef is Frances Tariga-Weshnak, the former chef de cuisine at Catch and a Top Chef contestant.

Megu formerly had spaces in Tribeca and Midtown's Trump Tower.Both shut down without notice in 2014.The Squeeze, a Bushwick-based juice bar and vegan food shop, is opening a Greenwich Village location at 108 MacDougal St.

The 250 square-foot space will serve pressed juices, raw milks and detox cleanses, including a 3-day Skinner Squeeze package for $228.

It also hosts classes in raw food prep and nutritional counseling. Dishes will largely be the same as the past Megus, which were known for being flush with Kobe beef, but Tariga-Weshnak will making additions like a wagyu and foie gras croquette.

Megu previously had locations in Tribeca and Midtown for years, but both suddenly closed in 2014. The brand also expanded internationally to New Delhi, Moscow, Doha, and Gstaad, locations that are still open. The new outpost in Chelsea will be run by chef Francis Tariga-Weshnak, who previously worked at Catch restaurant. Dishes will largely be the same as the past Megus,which were known for being flush with Kobe beef, but Tariga-Weshnak will making additions like a wagyu and foie gras croquette.

Eastern Consolidated's Jeff Geoghegan and Max Swerdloff represented The Squeeze while the landlord was represented by Winick Realty Group's Steven E. Baker.

Squeeze Juice also sells its products at 233 Spring St., 550 W. 54th St., and 52 Gansevoort St. Its flagship location is at 196 Graham Ave. in Brooklyn.

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