Triple Crown to Become Rebel, Host EAT Events

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Mid-Market bar-lounge-with-food Triple Crown, the spot formerly known as Octavia Lounge, is changing hands again and also appears to be changing names. The Scoop reported last month that Tonic/Bullitt owners Duncan Ley and Ben Bleiman were taking over Triple Crown but keeping the name and vibe as-is. Not so, we discover today, as a liquor license app goes in for something called Rebel, with Paul Miller (co-owner of Mission gay spot Truck) on board as well. Miller tells us the deal isn't yet complete, and he can't reveal much, but that he'll be in charge of "making it all work at this location," and this is all part of Ley's efforts to "reinvigorate nightlife across the city." We'll know more in a couple of months, so expect Triple Crown to stay as-is at least through the new year. And also expect to see the newest incarnation of EAT — the pop-up restaurant from chef Tommy Halvorson and host Crystal Yang which departed from 111 Minna last month — launching there on December 2. [Grub Street]