Wine pro Dan Beekley, of Old Town's CorksCru wine shop, will team with KitchenCru/Bowery Bagels owner Michael Madigan to open a 44-seat wine bar facing the NW Everett Street's North Park Blocks. According to Madigan, construction will soon begin on the 1,100-square-foot space in the former lobby of the BlumauerFrank Wholesale Drug Company (most recently, the space was home to the Victory art gallery). Called Remedy — in a nod to its drugstore roots — the concept will provide a more comfortable continuation of sorts to Beekley's nearby CorksCru.
"The idea is to make it the neighborhood's living room and to bring the park into the space," Madigan says of the design, which will highlight the space's 15-foot-tall ceilings and nine-foot windows. "It's not going to be an identical wine program. There will be some overlap, so it's kind of an extension of what he's doing [at CorksCru]." Remedy will feature a rotating selection of 12 wines by the glass and as many as 300 wines by the bottle (with bottles available to-go). A modest beer selection will focus on 22-ounce bottles both local and international; and although the spot will not serve spirits, it will feature "some low-alcohol cocktails" focusing on bitters.
Current KitchenCru kitchen operations manager Ingrid Chen (an alum of Brasserie Montmartre, Clyde Common, and Olympic Provisions) will spearhead the food menu, which will be designed specifically to match the wine. "Ingrid's going to be part of our tastings," Madigan says, "And right from the very start, we'll be thinking about what food goes with the wines we bring in." An early menu concept plans for 10-12 small plates ranging from $4-14 ("maybe three of them are hot, two of them are dessert"), with possibilities like a seafood chowder and a menu-constant "ham flight," featuring three to five artisan hams paired with a wine flight.