Seventy paces from Trattoria Lucca, Chef/Owner Ken Vedrinski is opening a cozy little wine and cheese bar called Enoteca.
The space is currently undergoing a transformation from office to Italian lounge. A small bar has been built along one wall, behind which will be Michelle Kirkland, an f&b vet who managed Langdon's in Mt. Pleasant for the last five years.
Kirkland says she's excited to be making a change and taking charge of Enoteca. This week, she's been helping scrape the wood floors, working with designer Angie Hranowsky, and overseeing the workers, who were putting the final touches on the space when I ducked in there on Thursday afternoon.
Enoteca is tiny, with room for about 24 seats. Cushy barstools will be situated in front of the bar. A dark green leather banquette has been installed along the back wall, and marble-topped, custom-made tables will soon be placed there as well. A low-slung settee, coffee table, and stools will sit in one of the window-fronts, while the other window will have a table and chairs. It's going to be a sexy little space at night with the soft lighting giving the woodsy interior a warm glow.
The offerings will be simple and focused: Italian wine, beer, and cheese. Vedrinski says they've narrowed down the wine list. They'll have about 12-16 wines by the glass and 40 to 50 by the bottle, but you won't be limited in what you order. If you'd like to try something from the bottle list, they'll pop it open and then offer it by the glass on the chalkboard. The cheese will be procured by cheesemonger Manoli Davani from Avondale Wine & Cheese, and the selection will rotate. Beer is still being decided upon. The Italians have also been experiencing a craft beer revolution, so there'll be more than just Peroni, Moretti, and Menabrea.
Vedrinski expects Enoteca will be filled with Lucca patrons. Instead of loitering outside on Bogard Street, diners waiting for a table can walk to the next corner and enjoy some wine and cheese and be summoned to Lucca when it's time.
Enoteca is located at 18 Percy St. and will be open Mon.-Sat., 4:30-11:00 p.m. They should be ready for your business next Friday night.