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South House brings Texas blues and hospitality to Jersey City
« Reply #6 on: 09-03-2015, 05:21pm »
South House brings Texas blues and hospitality to Jersey City
By Summer Dawn Hortillosa | The Jersey Journal
on September 01, 2015 at 11:06 AM, updated September 02, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Just a few steps into South House, one of Jersey City's newest bars, and you'll know what they're all about.

Passing through their Charleston-inspired courtyard, complete with herringbone brick, a water fountain and ferns, you'll find yourself greeted by a hostess and a chalk sign reading, "In the South, there are no strangers -- just friends we haven't made yet."

Owner David Hohensee, a Texas native who also owns Hoboken's Turtle Club, says Southern hospitality is key here.

"Here, you can sit at any table and have some drinks and hang out, there's no time limit, no reservations, people should just enjoy themselves," said Hohensee. "We train all our staff to believe that everyone is our friends and family. It's a concept that keeps people coming back."

South House is, in fact, a family affair. Hohensee's sister, Stephanie Villarreal-Farid is the restaurant's creative director. While designing the interior, Villarreal-Farid said she wanted to embody her brother's spirit and incorporate elements from their Southern and Spanish roots.

"It's rustic, it's casual, it's a comfortable environment with some simplicity to it," she says. "Nothing is too planned or intricate."

Rich wood details, real gas lamps and original, unpublished photos of American blues legends by famed photographer Dick Waterman gives the eatery a strong, genuine dose of Southern charm and puts the family's love of music upfront.

Growing up with their concert pianist mother Mildred in a home of 12 noisy kids, the siblings say their house was always brimming with music -- and this bar will be, too.

Another sister, Allison Villarreal, is planning to bring music programming to South House, first with monthly gospel nights and shows by local bands, and then with a few big-name concerts a year. She says they've even partnering with the Pinetop Perkins Foundation, which supports blues artists at the dawn or in the twilight of their careers, to make it happen.

The restaurant is one of downtown's largest, with a capacity of several hundred, and will expand even more with the eventual opening of a rooftop grill and a downstairs recreation room.

Their food and beverages, however, will be the star of the show. While their full menu hasn't rolled out yet, they promise simple Southern favorites like Texas-style brisket, pulled pork, deviled eggs and fried pickles.

As for the drinks, beverage director Norman Strobel's 15 cocktail creations for the season are some of the most elaborate concoctions you'll find in JC. Read more

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Re: South House
« Reply #5 on: 07-16-2015, 06:26pm »
Looks nice.






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Re: South House? On Newark Ave.
« Reply #4 on: 08-31-2014, 07:03pm »
Why?  Artist-style Lofts never had anything to do with live/work affordable housing for artists.
nikki: i can't keep up with rab and his George Clooney lifestyle of drinking wine, playing music and philanthropy

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Re: South House? On Newark Ave.
« Reply #3 on: 08-31-2014, 06:45pm »
An Austin-themed bar & restaurant would seem to suggest live music would be involved.

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Re: South House? On Newark Ave.
« Reply #2 on: 08-31-2014, 06:18pm »
Now there's a website:

South House Bar & Restaurant
149 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07302

and a Facebook page.

Looks like it's the same owner as The Turtle Club in Hoboken.


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South House
« Reply #1 on: 08-29-2014, 10:48am »


The construction project on Newark Ave. downtown with the sloped roof finally got some signage. I see beer, I see Austin, TX. I'm hoping for BBQ. Anyone got the scoop?
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