As sad as we were to see Coronado Cafe close its doors for good in March, there's a silver lining to the loss. As we told you earlier this year, restaurateur and chef Michael O'Dowd purchased Coronado Cafe with the intention to close it, renovate, and reopen as a new restaurant.
It hasn't been long, and the wait is over. As of last week, O'Dowd's Urban Vineis open at 2201 North Seventh Street. The restaurant opened for business on Thursday, May 8, and is serving a menu of small plates, as well as wine and beer.
The menu includes black bean hummus ($10) with cucumber and pickled carrots and pita scented with garlic and Meyer lemon; slowly toasted nuts, seeds, and wasabi peas ($6); heirloom tomato and soy bean gazpacho ($7) with optional jumbo lump crab meat ($9); and a daily bruschetta ($11).
Heartier options include an Urban Caesar Salad ($11); mesquite grilled chicken sandwich on a foaccia roll with sweet onion, cured pickle, and malted vinegar chips ($12); a sirloin burger; and the Sloppy Flo, which features vegetarian chili on a potato roll ($11).
On the drinks side look for a half dozen brews including Phoenix Ale Brewery's Camelback IPA, Lumberyard's Pale Ale, and Rogue's Dead Guy Ale.
Wines have been selected by John Rothstein, former manager and sommelier at Kai and O'Dowd business partner on Urban Vine. The list offers a small selection of Old and New World red and white wines. Prices range from $8 to $13 a glass with bottles starting at $32.
For more information check out the Urban Vine Facebook page.
Urban Vine 2201 N. 7th St. 602-258-5149 www.urbanvinephx.com
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Sunday Chef's Meal: 3 to 9 p.m.)
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