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First Look: Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce

Susan Post Susan Post First Look: Ivan Kane’s Forty DeuceIvan Kane's Forty Deuce is now open at Easton - All photos by Susan Post
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Burgers by day, burlesque by night. Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce is now open at 3959 Brighton Rose Way as a part of Easton’s expansion.

Spanning two levels, the ground floor hosts the burger side of the operation, offering lunch, dinner and late-night eats seven days a week. Upstairs burlesque is on the menu, along with dancing, DJs and a live band.

Kane worked with acclaimed chef Neal Fraser to develop the burger-centric menu.

“Most of our burgers definitely have a flavor profile that you’ve never tasted before on burger,” Kane says. That includes signature The Deuce with a red wine reduction and foie gras. The menu is rounded out with a selection of other sandwiches, salads and towering milkshakes.

Post burger, diners can make their way through the kitchen (literally) to the “secret” entrance to the upstairs club. During the early part of the week, it will serve as a more relaxed lounge, prime for post-work drinks. Come the latter part of the week, the club persona appears.

Forty Deuce is known for its burlesque, and the Easton setup includes a rotating stage for the house band, and a zipline and bridges to platforms across the venue to bring the dancers into the crowd.

Easton is not where Kane ever expected to be opening a club, but after being sought out by the developers, he “drank the Kool-Aid,” Kane says.

Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce will be open seven days a week. For cafe and club hours and more information, visit fortydeuce.com.

Ivan Kane seated in the VIP area upstairs
The wrap-around mural above the bar features nods to New York City & Times Square with a few references to Columbus
Postcards hang from the bar
A larger bar sits in the center of the cafe dining room
The ground floor cafe will seat about 100
Kane considers the cafe a true burger joint
All of the art in the cafe pays homage to Times Square
The hallway to the upstairs club
Kane wanted the upstairs club to have a theatrical warehouse feel with various props across the walls
A large mural on the wall of the club
Patrons can reserve a table in the club’s VIP area for a $75 spend per person
Club goers can reserve a table in the VIP area or pay a $5 – $15 cover charge depending on the night
The club has high ceilings resembling an attic
The center of the stage spins to reveal a DJ or the house band for performances
The cafe and club is now open as a part of the Easton Expansion
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