Michelle Trumble and her husband still love the nightlife, but they were tired of the sometimes boisterous Lawrenceville bar scene. "On Valentine's Day, we were having dinner at Tamari, and I said to my husband, you know, we need to own a nice little loungey place with dark purple lighting and nice couches. A really cozy place that we'd want to go to," says Trumble. Two weeks later they'd found the perfect spot at what was formerly Bill's Tavern, and transformed it into the recently opened
The Trumbles performed considerable renovation work on the 1,800-square-foot space themselves, removing drop ceilings to expose the original tin ceiling, turning an upstairs apartment into a mezzanine, giving the exposed brick walls a much needed deep chemical-free cleaning, and completely transforming what was once an old school dive bar into a modern swanky cocktail lounge.
Don't take the candles and plush purple pillows as a sign of pretension, though. At heart, Eclipse Lounge is meant to foster an inviting environment. Everything on the all-organic menu, ranging from Middle Eastern treats to gourmet peanut butter and jelly, is made by Ms. Trumble herself. "I'm Syrian, so I was brought up to cook. Syrian women, all we do is feed people," laughs Trumble. As an added bonus, the Eclipse kitchen stays open until 1 a.m on weekends. Anyone who's ever sought a bite to eat in the neighborhood after 11 p.m. knows that it can become a veritable food desert. A lengthy list of wines, beers, and unique cocktails with names like "orange you so sweet" complement the food.
Eclipse Lounge is located at 3705 Butler Street. It is open from 3 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday through Thursday, and from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.Sign up
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Writer: John Farley
Source: Michelle Trumble
Image courtesy Eclipse Lounge