The long-awaited Hop Sing Laundromat will be doing a one-night test run before officially opening their doors in March. Eater Philly popped by the space—which is complete, save for some dusting and mop-up— to chat with owner Lêe about the special event.
"I want to make sure that our service, cocktail quality, and efficiency are up to par before we let the public inside. It's important that we're at our very best before we take people's money," said the proprietor.
The lucky few will be selected by Lêe personally through the bar's Twitter account (@HopSingLaundry). So, if you're not following them yet and want to join the lottery, now would be a good time. A hard date for the event is set (yes, really, and it is soon), but Lêe will only be contacting those invited with the details so they can test the space limitations.
Lêe has been hard at work finishing up his bottle collection, which has taken longer than expected, as the PLCB must approve all special one-of-a-kind products. "We're getting there. There will be a large selection of liquors here that won't be available anywhere else in the country, and not weird stuff no one drinks. Rums, gins, whiskeys, and tequilas. I'm also working on buying an entire cask of whiskey that will be specifically for our bar, to keep in line with the idea of originality."
If you don't get selected for the test run, we're sure you could work something out with Lêe, as he recently found a spot for chefs Matt Levin and Kevin Sbraga working the shoeshine stand. We'll bet he could use a couple pro bono bar backs.