As you can see here, the front door has just been restored to its former glory, and owner Robert Kremer, who last year came to an agreement with a developer who sought to replace the go-go dive with a hotel, tells us that's not all that's changing.
In addition to touching up his bar's wood- and brickwork (don't worry, the decrepit 116-year-old mahogany bar isn't going anywhere), he plans to start serving food there for the first time since Shogun closed after 9/11. He's bringing back Shogun's chef, Itako Oka, to serve what he describes as "Revolutionary [War]-type food -- pot roasts, hamburgers, a lot of smoked meats and fish"; (there's a smoker in the building). There may also be sushi.
All of this should come together for a grand opening on the bar's anniversary on Saint Patrick's Day. Which is all well and good, as long as he doesn't add an annoying strip-club D.J. ("Candy to the main stage!")