Novel, but Chilly: An Ice Bar at Lolita in Greenwich, Conn.

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Here’s good timing: tomorrow, they’re opening an ice bar on the patio at Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar in Byram, just adjacent to Greenwich, Conn.

It took 1 ton of ice to create a six-foot ice bar, which will be assembled on the patio tomorrow morning.

“It’s winter,”  Jody Pennette of cb5 Restaurant Group, which owns the restaurant, said in a press release. “Lolita doesn’t hibernate when there’s a chill in the air. We play upon it.”

It’s being carved by Bill Covitz of Ice Matters, a former chef who went from the hot kitchen to the cold studio: He now works in 12 degree temperatures creating ice masterpieces. He was the Grand Champion at the 2004 National Ice Carving Association’s Nationals, placing first on both days of the 2-day competition.   In March of 2006 he placed second in the world at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The restaurant will still show black and white silent movies on the patio. Depending on the weather, the ice bar could last up to a month.

Previously: First Taste: Lolita, the New, Cool Mexican in Byram.

The 411 on Lolita.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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