Mark Bright, sommelier at Saison, is teaming with his Markris Wine partner Kris Esqueda and noted party boy/Sushi Groove owner Nabiel Musleh (anyone recall Séance and Wet Party at Backflip back in the day?) to open Vinyl in the Café Divis Space (359 Divisidero), as Tablehopper reports. The place promises to bring a down-tempo party atmosphere to winos in the NoPa environs, and Musleh is even going to bring a chunk of his presumably huge record collection to the place (hence the name), “allowing both guests and staff to play music on a record player (kind of like a human-powered jukebox).” Besides the music+wine concept, there will be a new dinner menu to go with the existing breakfast and lunch offerings, and they’re currently on the hunt for a chef.
The menu they’re thinking of leans toward comfort food items like lasagna and wine-friendly snacks, and domestic, “urban” wines by the glass will range from $8-$15, served in Riedel glassware — no Mason jars for this youth-friendly wine operation.
Bright won’t likely be on site too much, since he’s busy most nights with Saison and Dcantr, but look for Esqueda to be running the show. After a very quick facelift, the place is aiming to launch next week. And as for the communal table made out of the old Broadway traffic sign: It stays.
Exciting Changes to Cafe Divis: Say Hello to Vinyl [Tablehopper]