by Wyatt Marshall
2 Knickerbocker when it was Living Bread Deli (via Jeannine Ortiz)
Bushwick is getting a 24-hour diner that will double as a music venue and make-out spot. Next month, Amancay's Diner will take over the space at 2 Knickerbocker Ave, which used to be Living Bread Deli, the music venue that hosted Parquet Courts, Nobunny, Black Dice and other shows during its existence.
According to DNAinfo, the diner comes from long-time East Village business owner and self-described "professional party guy" Chang Han, former proprietor of Gama, a Korean restaurant/bar on St. Mark's, and St. Mark's Market. At Gama, Chang, 48, was known for wrestling with much younger patrons in a kiddie pool full of jello, and at St. Mark's market, a deli and grocery store, for bowling with melons. Chang told DNA info he played Spin the Bottle with four college students every Monday at Gama, saying he used to "get drunk with lots of girls." Amancay's Diner is getting a dedicated Spin the Bottle table, which is built Lazy Susan style, with a bottle attached to the table which, Chang claims, is the first of its kind in the world. Chang lives in Bushwick and is married with two college-aged sons.
The food at Amancay's will be "Bushwick-ified," in Chang's words. No word if jello is on the menu.