The concept has been quietly taking shape for months. On Monday, after two weeks of renovations, the first half of Bin 22 reopened to the public. The full-scale operation is expected in the coming weeks.
So what exactly is Bin 22? Well, get excited.
Fine Dining Restaurant Group (of Rendezvous Bistro, The Kitchen, Il Villaggio Osteria and the Roadhouse Restaurant and Brewery), has added yet another cool establishment to its roster. Bin 22 fills a much-needed niche: It’s part wine and bottle shop, part small grocer and part wine/mozzarella/tapas bar. Needless to say, we’re thrilled.
Although ONLY the bottle shop is open at the moment, it won’t be much longer until you can stop by the small grocer for fresh pastas from chef Paulie O’Connor’s kitchen in Il Villaggio Osteria (have you read the story about his homemade pasta (p. 57) in the new issue of Dishing?). You’ll also find sauces, stocks, pizza doughs, cheeses and artisan ice cream from Fine Dining’s head pastry chef, Chad Horton.
In the wine bar, you’ll find Italian- and Spanish-style tapas (cheeses, salumi, olives, tortilla Espanola), craft beers from Roadhouse Brewing Co. and Wyoming Whiskey served from the barrel. If you stop in at the right time of day, you may just even see fresh mozzarella being pulled.
In the wine shop, expect to see Fine Dining bringing in reasonably priced wines from across the world. You’ll already be pleased with the renovations in there: It’s roomier and easier to browse the aisles. And if you’re looking to build a small or large wine collection, Fine Dining’s Wine and Beverage Director, Neil Loomis, can order bottles for you. If you don’t know what you want, simply arrange a private tasting with him.
The idea is to offer a place where you can stop in for a small bite and glass of wine after work (or before dinner) with friends, or pop in and pick up all you need for your Italian dinner at home, said Liz Gibbs, Fine Dining’s PR and marketing director.
And in the summer? That great deck we all remember from late nights at Koshu will turn into a beer garden. What’s not to love about this old favorite location? Sounds to us like it just got better!
Bin 22 is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 200 Broadway, 739-9463