Kelsey Glasser and Alex Marchesini—the wine experts behind the Pearl District bottle shop Thelonious Wines—are working on opening Arden Wine Bar & Kitchen, a new restaurant, also in the Pearl, in the old Coppia (née Vino Paradiso space) at 417 NW 10th.
The new restaurant, Glasser says, could softly open by March 1, and when it does, award-winning chef Sara Hauman (Octavia, Mister Jiu’s, Huxley—all of which have earned at least one Michelin star—and Spain’s Asador Etxebarri) will run the burners. She’ll be assisted by Hannah Johnston (Century, Blossoming Lotus, Tesoaria), while Glasser—rounding out the three-women-around-or-at-30 team, will direct the wine program.
It’s too early to say exactly what the food menu will look like, but Glasser says Hauman’s focus will be on Pacific Northwest ingredients. “The food Sara cooks is simple and rustic yet beautifully composed—not overly complicated but elegant and variable with the seasons,” Glasser says.
Portlanders should expect dinner to start (and maybe lunch and brunch later on), three-to-five-course wine-paired prix fixe menus, a few rotating bottles of beer, and lots and lots of the red and white stuff served by a somm and somm-adjacent staff honed on the kinds of vino Thelonious offers (Glasser and Marchesini are longtime wine directors). And keep your eyes peeled for small-batch natural wines under the banner Native Wines that Marchesini is presently making, himself, at the Carlton Winemakers Studio.
If you’re hoping to taste the kinds of wines Arden will be serve (including Marchesini’s own blends, you can always drop by Thelonious for a sip sometime soon. (Keep in mind, though, because of an OLCC snafu, it’s temporarily closed, but should be back and running any day now.)
Stay tuned for more info on the menu when it drops.
Arden Wine Bar & Kitchen: 417 NW 10th; Projected starting hours: 4-10 pm Tuesday to Thursday, and 4-11 pm Friday and Saturday