The former Nick’s Italian Kitchen space (and Sanctuary Diner and Fifi’s Patisserie before that) in the Sanctuary condominiums building at 100 S. Eola Drive will be home to Pagne Champagne Lounge beginning in late February or early March. Plans for Honey, an aphrodisiac restaurant that had been planned for the space, were dropped a few months ago.
Pagne — pronounced Pain — is short for Champagne and will be owned by the same partners who currently operate the restaurant next door, Mingos, which is short for Flamingos. Angel Cortes and Nick Patel have been involved with several other downtown food and entertainment operations, including Terrace 390, Chico’s Tequila Bar and Vain Nightclub.
The space will be conceived by CT Designs and Design Studio 15 to, according to a press release, “deliver a classy, intimate atmosphere inspired by rich fabrics, old dark libraries and 1970’s glam and speakeasy lounges.”
When it opens, Pagne will operate Thursdays through Sundays from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m.