If your group of friends is anything like ours, there probably isn't much on your Facebook wall today besides tributes to David Bowie, who lost his 18-month battle with liver cancer yesterday. In fact, we woke up today to several bereaved texts.
Chris Cusack of the Heights-based Treadsack group is yet another fan grieving the man known alternatively as Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, to name but a few. His Brit restaurant Hunky Dory was named after Bowie's 1971 album, best known for introducing the world to "Changes" and "Life on Mars." As Cusack tells it, Hunky Dory was also "the one CD that didn't skip when [Hunky Dory chef] Richard Knight and [Treadsack director of restaurant operations] Benjy Mason were working together in their previous workplace Feast kitchen."
Tonight, in tribute, Hunky Dory will host "Rest in Power: A Tribute to the Life and Musical Genius of David Bowie." An extended happy hour will run all night in the pub and on the patio. Two cocktails named for Bowie songs will be discounted to $8. The Ground Control to Major Tom combines Hayman's Old Tom gin with blackberry and black currant cordial, while the Suffragette City mixes Earl Grey-flavored vodka, orange marmalade cordial and lemon.
At 8 p.m., the evening will reach its peak with a sing-along to "Changes." If you don't remember every opaque word, no worries, as lyric sheets will be provided.
"It's hard to say something that hasn't already been said, but we're grateful for his inspiration, and hopefully we can represent the namesake in a spirit that he'd be proud of," says Cusack.