Michael Naessens has a Belgian bar at Eulogy (136 Chestnut St.) and offers tastings of wine, beer, chocolate and cheese at his subterranean microspot Beneluxx (33 S. Third St.).
For his third Old City project, he has taken over Old City Asian Bistro (206-208 Market St.). Over the course of six months, he says, the restaurant will morph into something called Tsingtau Lokal. (See Facebook page here.)
T-Lok will be a fusion of German and Chinese, and it's fancifully based on a restaurant in the German-controlled Chinese port of Tsingtau or Tsingtao (now Qingdao) a hundred years ago. (See Wikipedia for the history.) The logo features the German monk Koning offering beer to Chinese monk Budai.
Basically, Naessens explains, it will be a fun German restaurant but not a beer hall, with Teutonic twists on Chinese dishes and Chinese twists on German dishes. The timetable and scope of the changeover depend on the speed of the liquor-license transfer.