Pete Kolytiris said the reaction to his newly reopened Scarlet Tree has left him shocked -- and pleased. "We sold out our first night on New Year's Eve," he said of the Tree, finally open again after a July 2005 fire shuttered the nightclub. "And our New Year's breakfast did great too. We feel very fortunate."
Before the fire, the original Scarlet Tree had been a popular, small, R&B and jazz nightclub and restaurant. Today, Kolytiris and partner Rob Lowe hope to return it to the same status.
By all accounts, they are off to a good start. The new location at 801 NE 65th Street is only two blocks from the old digs. And the square footage is almost identical. "It's the same concept," Kolytiris said. "The regulars have been telling us this place feels bigger but really it's almost the same."
The 51-year-old, who also owns Mona's Bistro, said the word is getting out that the Scarlet is back in business after a long hiatus. "We've been putting this together for quite a while and I'm glad we finally did it."