James Beard Award winner Frasca Food & Wine announces a new venture, Sunday Vinyl, which is set to open this fall.
Frasca Food & Wine made headlines earlier this month when the Boulder restaurant received a James Beard Award for Outstanding Service. The Pearl Street flagship is a sister restaurant to Denver’s Tavernetta, both refined and elegant fine dining experiences.
But that's not the only exciting news to come from the team behind Frasca Food & Wine. Master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and the Frasca Inc. group announced plans to open a new wine bar in LoDo called Sunday Vinyl. The wine bar has grabbed a prime location right at the end of the tracks at Union Station, very near Tavernetta.
Sunday Vinyl is slated for a fall 2019 opening, with operating hours starting at 3 p.m.
When Local(ish) Market closed a few months ago, the Frasca team scooped up its vacant spot and got right to work making Sunday Vinyl a reality. Aiming for a European style atmosphere the wine bar will seat 65 patrons, feature a horseshoe-shaped 17-seat Carrara marble bar, and have large windows for viewing the bustle of the downtown train station. It is, after all, a pretty perfect spot for people watching and Union Station always has a lot happening.
A darker space filled with low pendant lighting, gold and blush tones, and arched charcoal banquettes, Sunday Vinyl is intended to be an intimate and close space, dedicated to wine and the sounds of classic vinyl. A two-tiered wine wall adjacent to the bar will feature 1,500 wine bottles, a collection from across the globe. The Sunday Vinyl team is currently building up its collection of vinyl records, along with the wine list, to keep the playlist going late into the night. Classic sounds of artists like Buddy Joy, Jimmy Smith, and The Sisters of Mercy will be included.
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The new venture is inspired by Bobby Stuckey’s habit of spending his Sunday afternoons with his wife drinking wines from across the world and listening to vinyl records. Sunday Vinyl has been in development for a couple of years, as the team took trips around the world to research and plan the wine bar concept. Stuckey documents his weekly sessions on Instagram @bobbystuckeyms where he shares his pairings.
While the wine list may be extensive, the food menu will not be. Instead, Stuckey is opting for a menu featuring small plates matched with the music and wine list for each night. Wine director Carlin Car and sommelier Cara Klein will develop and curate the wine collection while chef de cuisine Charlie Brooks creates food to please the palate. Brooks currently works at Tavernetta, joining the team there after working at Gramercy Tavern in New York City.
Keep an eye out towards the end of summer for news of when Sunday Vinyl will officially open to enjoy the mix of tastes and sounds.
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