Back in May, we got wind of an alcohol license being sought by something called Wine Kitchen at 507 Divisadero. But that was all the information we had — until now.
As it turns out, Wine Kitchen will be a low-key wine bar and small plates restaurant, and it's just a couple of weeks away from completion.
Yesterday we stopped by the space and chatted with Greg Faucette and Jason Limburg, the duo behind the venture. Greg and Jason have worked as line cooks at some of the hottest restaurants in town, including Commonwealth, Bar Tartine, Contigo, Per Se, and Spruce. They've long wanted to open a spot of their own, and as they both live nearby, the ascendant Divisadero corridor was a natural choice.
507 Divisadero was last home to Housewares Plus, a hardware store which closed in 2006. When Greg and Jason found the space, it was completely gutted, with none of the equipment or plumbing necessary for a restaurant. But it was a perfect size for their concept, and the location couldn't be beat — so they decided to sign the lease and get to work.
Seven months later, the space is almost finished. There's a small dining room in the front of the restaurant, a loooong bar and lounge area in the middle, and a kitchen and bathroom in the back. It's not quite photo-ready yet, but work on the space should be completed in about two weeks.
Wine Kitchen will serve wine and beer, along with about a dozen small plates. The food menu will feature Greg and Jason's take on new American cuisine, with items like Fried Gnocchi with beef short ribs and horseradish, and Sardine Escabeche with grilled bread, black garlic aioli, and arugula. The food options will be paired with recommended selections from an extensive list of international wines.
Expect Wine Kitchen to be open from around 4pm to 11pm daily upon its launch, which should be some time around the first week of January. We'll have more details as the date approaches.