New in Downtown: Vinery 214

The word on the streets is that Vinery 214, a new Mediterranean restaurant/wine bar on Roosevelt Row, finally opened its doors a few days ago.

According to their website -- a trainwreck if I've ever seen one -- the menu includes a "Morocaan stuffed burger with spicey sweet potato fries," "Fruite de Marie," soups with "Artesian" breads from MJ, and "gormet pizzas" (I'm dyyyyying here!!). They also have an "exstensive wine selection."

Supposedly they're open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, although nobody answered the phone today. Oh yeah, they're located at 214 W. Roosevelt in "Pheonix".

UPDATE: I just got a hold of chef-owner Leonard Jay, who tells me, "I don't know anything about websites but I just spent the last two hours on the phone with people about it."

Jay, a former Denver resident who was the executive chef for an in-flight catering company called Air Culinaire, says that the menu published on the site was intended for last fall's planned opening. The menu is different now, and includes pizzas and entrees utilizing produce from Seacat Gardens, One Windmill Farms, and McClendon; grass-fed steaks are from an Arizona ranch called Double Check Ranch. Offerings will be limited for the soft opening period. 

On the upside, everything is half price for the next two weeks, Jay says. They're also handing customers score cards at the end of every meal, to get feedback. The grand opening will be held on the first Friday in May. And although Vinery 214 is still waiting for a liquor license, sangria is available gratis.



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