Former imbibers of Big John's Tavern may not recognize the place once forthcoming Cane Rhum Bar + Caribbean Kitchen — and that's the idea. Cane wants patrons to feel like they are in a tropical oasis, not a decades-old dive. The interiors are cleared out of the old decor, and there's now a big fish mounted over the fireplace. For reference, here's a photo of the former bar.
As "Rhum Chef" Paul Yellin and team work to bring together their idea of a warm paradise on East Bay Street, we'll be waiting on the mai tais, daiquiris, jerk chicken, and grilled jumbo garlic prawns.