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'Tutu's' Bar Opens in Morgan Restaurant's Former Home

By Meredith Hoffman | October 10, 2012 8:01am | Updated on October 11, 2012 1:06pm

BUSHWICK — Lucas Walters is ready to make his grandmother proud — by opening his own cozy drinking haven and christening it with her beloved nickname.

"It looks like an old lady's house," Walters laughed of Tutu's, his corner bar, which is set open Wednesday.

The bar will be located in the former home of The Morgan Restaurant and beside Bushwick's future boutique hotel.

"We raided our families' houses for lots of tchotchkes," he said of the decor.

Walters — a shareholder at the popular Williamsburg haunt The Commodore — is launching Tutu's with Jason Merritt, who owns Big Tree Bottles liquor store just down Bogart Street from the new Bushwick business.

"We're starting with just a cocktail menu and meat and cheese," Walters said.

He added that he hoped to offer gastropub fare including burgers, salads and brunch by November.

"We'll have a basement that has movies, DJ nights and little acts," he said of the hangout's future offerings. "We just want to work with the neighborhood. There's a need for this kind of thing here."

Tutu's will open at 5 p.m. each day, and Walters said its closing hours were still being determined.