Inspired by the Esperanto word for "pairing," Parigo—a new food-and-wine concept from the owners of The Barrel Room—will open in the old Bin 38 space at 3232 Scott St. (near Lombard) in the Marina on September 7th.
The menu starts with “a collection of stimulating wines from interesting regions…wines with character,” said owner Sarah Trubnick.
Barrel Room executive chef Manuel Hewitt—a City College graduate who has been with the team since 2014—and chef de cuisine Danny Murcia, also known for his work at Bouche and Micheal Mina, will create a menu inspired by the wines.
“Each dish is presented on the menu with two complementary and two contrasting wines that inspired the dish,” Trubnick said. Guests will “experience the concept of wine being a component to a dish," he added.
Trubnick and the chefs weren’t actively looking to open a new space, but the opportunity presented itself to take over the former Bin 38 location.
“We had always been fans of the space, so we jumped at the prospect,” Trubnick said.
Parigo’s by-the-glass wine list will be international, and the menu by Hewitt and Murica will be “a coherent collection of dishes designed around the wine list.” There will also be a selection of beers from local breweries.
The owners extensively renovated the space with a custom-built redwood bar, floor-to-ceiling backlit wine cases made of glass and wood, and port and champagne displays.
The back patio—with a new fire pit, a second bar, and fresh herb garden—seats 40 for dining and lounging, and there’s room for another 15 or so outdoor diners in front of the restaurant.
The interior is comfortable with a clean, fairly minimal design, and Trubnick told us that it was aimed at focusing attention on the dishes rather than the decorations. The owners hope that the food and wine offerings will cultivate discussion among guests.
Parigo will be open 4pm-midnight, Tuesday to Saturday, with dinner service 5-10pm every evening. On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch will be served 10am-2pm.