Vino is currently constructing a new art lounge featuring a cocktail and oyster bar. Construction began in April and is slated to be completed by the end of this summer.
Currently an art gallery by day, Gallery 1930, located adjacent to the English Village restaurant, will transform into the Gallery Bar in the evening for Vino. Menu items will include a variety of oysters from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans served raw or grilled, a fried oyster salad and a classic shrimp cocktail. A full-service bar and large selection of Grower Champagne will be served.
Birmingham-based interior designer Richard Tubb and his design assistant Gary Olivieri are working on making the new bar area cohesive with the existing dining space. Architect designer Cherri Pitts of Studio C Architecture and Interior is also part of the team. New outdoor rattan and teak wicker seating will be added for use both indoors and outdoors. Glass walls surrounding the space will create a seamless flow from the inside of the gallery to the gardens and patio area.
“I want it to be a place where you don’t know if you are on the inside or the outside,” Tubb said. “The clean décor and architecture will force you to focus on the beautiful food and artwork and appeals to both the traditional and contemporary tastes. These businesses are great assets to English Village, and I have loved working with the owners on the expansion.”
Vino will continue to serve patrons on its existing patio through the renovations.
“We are thrilled to be expanding and to now offer a cocktail and oyster bar in English Village,” said Al Rabiee, owner of Vino. “Our diners will love our larger space and added option for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers.”