Opening Soon: The Wine Bar

SAMSUNGOxford has been abuzz over the Wine Bar signs that went up recently on the former location of Emileigh’s/Roasted at 401 South Lamar Boulevard.

With everyone wondering what this potential hot spot will offer, EatingOxford.com intern Leah Hawkins tracked down Lee Valentine and family along with manager and partner, Kevin Brooks, who are busily preparing for a mid-summer opening.

Read on to find out why the foursome chose to set up shop in Oxford, and how the restaurant’s unique offerings will help to set The Wine Bar apart from other bars and restaurants on The Square.

Leah at EatingOxford.com: Why did you choose to open The Wine Bar in Oxford?

The Valentines: As Ole Miss Alumni, and long-time supporters of the Oxford community, we feel like The Oxford Square is a quintessential southern destination for shopping, eating and nightlife. We wanted to add to the sophistication and charm of The Square by bringing it something unique and different.

Partnering with manager Kevin Brooks was the first step in making this dream a reality. Kevin brings years of experience in managing restaurants, country clubs, and wine & spirits shops. He’s a certified whisky expert and is equally knowledgeable when it comes to wine, having been a student of wines of the world for the better part of a decade.

What is The Wine Bar exactly? Is it a bar/lounge? What will the atmosphere be like?

The Wine Bar is a bar and restaurant with a 1920s, speakeasy feel—something that is very unique to the Square. We want our guests to be able to experience everything a bar and restaurant has to offer, combined with an upscale, elegant aesthetic reminiscent of a bygone era. The low-key yet sophisticated atmosphere will allow patrons to enjoy conversation in a relaxed, welcoming environment.

What types of wine will you offer?

The Wine Bar will offer a very eclectic array of wines from all over the world. We are going to focus on the very best grapes from the best regions, which can change seasonally or annually. Our selection of wines will truly run the gamut. We have relationships with some of the top wine providers and will have access to exclusive wines that you will only find at The Wine Bar.

Will The Wine Bar serve food?

Yes. We are privileged to feature executive chef John Burge (you may know him from his work at Lenora’s). He brings with him decades of experience cooking as well as teaching food and wine classes all over the United States. He’s been instrumental in helping us craft our food vision. We believe that wine should dictate the dish, so as our wine offerings evolve, so will our menu.

Every wine region in the world has food indigenous to its area, so we will recreate that, or at least, pay homage to it. Our menu will generally feature small plates and tapas-style items, but won’t be limited to those barriers. Each dish will be prepared from the freshest local ingredients. We are dedicated to supporting local farms and our food will be an inspired farm-to-table experience.

Will The Wine Bar offer beer?

Despite what our name may suggest, we are much more than just wine. In addition to favorite domestic and imported beers, our guests will be able to enjoy the best ales, pilsners, lagers, and stouts the country has to offer, with a focus on supporting the many micro-brews from around the South. Like our wines and whiskeys, our beer selection will change seasonally to provide the best and freshest beers available.

What about specialty scotches, etc.?

Yes, keeping with the theme of varied and unique drink offerings, our whisky concentration will include all the regional Scotch whiskeys such as Speysides, Highlands and Islay styles. We’ll also carry the malted whiskeys of Japan, Canada, and the U.S. Irish whiskeys and American Ryes are a special offering to show how far American whiskeys have come. And, we’ll of course offer Bourbons—be it Kentucky or West Coast, we’ll have them at The Wine Bar.

Will you offer wine flights for those wanting to sample wines?

Yes. We will have wine, whiskey, and beer flights along with flights/samplers of certain food items.

Will private parties be accommodated at The Wine Bar? 

Yes, absolutely. The Wine Bar is the perfect venue for private events of all sizes. We will also have a room called “The Cellar” that will specialize in smaller private events for up to 16 people and there are plans to possibly add another private room in the future.

Can we look forward to any special events such as wine tastings, wine and food pairings, etc.?

Yes! We will have special events of all kinds, ranging from fun wine, beer, whisky, and food tastings to engaging wine classes for those who want to expand on a beverage and food experience. The best part about our events will be their accessibility. They will cater not only to the casual enthusiast but also to the most obsessed connoisseur.

What will your business hours be?

We plan to be open seven days a week from noon to 1:00 a.m. (or midnight depending on the day). On Sundays, we will likely open early for wine and champagne-paired brunches.

 

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Coming: Mugshots Sets its Sights on Oxford

mugshot mapEating Oxford reader Derek S. sent us a tip that Mississippi-based Mugshots Grill & Bar, with 10 locations throughout Mississippi and Alabama could be headed to Oxford before the summer of 2015.

I have an email into Mugshots corporate to confirm dates and more information, but the “coming soon” map on the Mugshots website looks pretty clear to us.

–Liz

 

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New Restaurant Open in Old Boure Location

locals menu 1locals menu 2If you’ve been wondering about the new Locals Restaurant & Bar in the former location of Boure and Golden Rule BBQ at 309 N. Lamar, wonder no more. We have the lunch and dinner menu for you here.

The goal of the new eatery is to incorporate foods from local farmers, suppliers and vendors. Menu items include plate lunches such as hamburger steak and fried catfish; sandwiches; pastas; and entrees such as steaks, ribs and pork tenderloin.

To find out more, call Locals directly at 662-234-9594.


Interactive Restaurant Opens on Thacker Loop

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Photo: Sky 9

Sky 9 Interactive Studios opened on December 19, offering food, tournaments, special events and a gaming lounge, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Brothers Kendric and Cameron Smith opened the restaurant after moving from Oxford to Florida and being inspired by the food in the Sunshine State. They brought their ideas back to Oxford and opened Sky 9 Interactive Studios at 14 Thacker Loop (just off Hwy 6 near Jackson Ave.)

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Photo: Sky 9

The menu includes items such as Florida cheese steak, bourbon chicken flatbread, North Miami hot wings and a tropical island quesadilla.

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Photo: Sky 9

Hours are Monday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday Brunch 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, call 662-234-2449.

Delta Steak Company: Six Years in The Making

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Everyone’s been talking about the new Delta Steak Company that’s slated to open in the former location of Fat Cat’s out on College Hill, so last week I went to visit the chef/owner Allen Sanders to get the scoop on what he’s got planned for the new restaurant.

“I’ve been planning this restaurant for six years,” said Sanders, speckled in white paint. “Every time I got an idea or saw a design I liked, I added it to a file on my computer. Now I’m finally ready to bring all of those ideas to life.”

Those ideas start with a menu that focuses on quality, locally sourced ingredients, including some of the best beef Sanders can find, cut and dry-aged in house for 22 days; local seafood; house-made dressings; Delta hot tamales and more.

Sanders is also paying special attention to the bar, bringing in his brother Christian, an award-winning bartender from New York, to design the wine and cocktail program and train the head bartender Nature Humphries. “We’ll offer some drinks that you can’t get anywhere else in Oxford,” said Sanders. “I’d like the restaurant to be a destination that people come to for dinner and stay at for the rest of the evening.”

You might be surprised to discover that you’ve tried one of Sanders’ steaks before. Prior to venturing out on his own, he was a regular fixture at Olivia’s Corner Market in Taylor, and before that, he worked for The Inn at Ole Miss and Aramark. Back when he was still living in the Delta, Sanders was kitchen manager at The Bourbon Mall, a steakhouse in the middle of a cotton field.

Once Delta Steak Company opens, in approximately a month, the restaurant will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. until close. Steaks and seafood will be in the $20 to $30 range, and vegetarians will be accommodated upon request.

Soon after the opening, Sanders and his wife Erin hope to bring in Delta-style live music, offer packages for tailgating, and possibly open for Sunday brunch. For today though, Sanders is just excited when the paint dries the correct color.

Follow the progress of the restaurant’s opening on its Facebook page here.

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New Sushi Restaurant Coming Summer 2013

jinseiYou may have noticed the sign for Jinsei Sushi at 713 North Lamar in the Mid Town Shopping Center. Owner John Cassimus (also founder of the Zoe’s Kitchen chain with 83 locations nationally) is planning a late August 2013 opening date for his second location of Jinsei, which first opened in Homewood, Alabama, in 2006.

Jinsei aims to set itself apart with a unique menu and interesting cocktail lineup. The Alabama location serves dinner only; no word yet on if the same hours will apply to Oxford.

 

 

 

Mink's on Tap

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There’s a new bar in town, inside Mink’s on The Park, the deli and sandwich shop located at 904 College Hill Road next door to Bikini Beer.

Open each night (except Sunday) until at least 10 p.m., often later, according to Mink’s co-owner Amy Donnelly, the bar offers many of the same craft beers you can find next door at Bikini Beer as well as six beers on tap, including Torpedo, Andygator and Magic Hat #9.

To find out more, call Mink’s at 662-259-2263.

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Lamar Lounge Expands Menu

After a few weeks of burgers only at the recently opened Lamar Lounge at 1309 N. Lamar, the menu has expanded to include items such as shrimp etouffee, beer-battered gulf shrimp, and a blackened chicken sandwich.

While the burger has been a favorite among many Lamar Lounge patrons, the additional offerings are sure to attract those looking for some variety.

Check out the full menu above or call 513-6197 for more information.

Mystery Building on North Lamar?

Been wondering what’s being built at 1309 North Lamar?

The two-story building will soon be a new restaurant and bar with a back patio and ample parking called The Lamar Lounge.

There’s no opening date yet and the menu is still being constructed.

Stay tuned for further information.

UPDATE 8/22/12: Lamar Lounge is now open.

Hullabaloo Island Grill Back on Track

After several months break from construction, Hullabaloo Island Grill (in the former location of Red House Burgers & Blues) is back on track to open soon. Double Decker Festival goers caught a glimpse of new exterior paint colors and work underway on the interior.

Follow the restaurant’s Twitter page here for updates on Hullabaloo’s progress.

View EatingOxford.com’s original post about Hullabaloo here.

UPDATE 8/21: Hullabaloo is now open.

Buffalo Wild Wings Coming to Oxford?

Rumor around town is that Oxford will soon be getting a Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, to be located near the Home Depot on Jackson Avenue. There are currently locations in Tupelo and Southaven, according to the company website, so it obviously made sense to come to Oxford next.

EatingOxford.com has contacted the corporate office to find out when the store might open; more information can be found here as it becomes available.

UPDATE 4/14/12: It’s official! Buffalo Wild Wings has broken ground on Jackson Avenue in Oxford. Find the hiring page here and the Oxford location Facebook page here.

UPDATE 4/26/12: Scheduled to open in August according to the Buffalo Wild Wings Facebook page.

Corner Bar Replaces Parrish's

By now you’ve seen the new Corner Bar sign that replaced Parrish’s at 1002 E. Jackson Avenue. Former owner Parrish Baker had been searching for a buyer for quite some time and finally found one a few months back.

A revamped menu debuted a couple of weeks ago, featuring items such as grilled cheese bites, grilled sandwiches and burgers. The kitchen is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as Fridays and Saturdays for lunch.

Pro Football Star Opens Oxford Restaurant

Former Ole Miss football player Kendrick Clancy, who went on to play for the Giants, Cardinals, Saints and Steelers, is now gearing up for an entirely new game—the restaurant business.

When I stopped by the future location of Kendrick Clancy’s Locker Room Grill & Bar today, which is between Chow Tyme and IHOP on Jackson Avenue, construction was well underway. Management told EatingOxford.com that the restaurant should be open by the end of the month; definitely by the first Ole Miss home game against BYU on September 3rd.

UPDATE 10/18: The Locker Room is now open!

The Locker Room Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

Ferdinands is Open

You can stop wondering what’s going to take the place of the closed Petit Milletts, because Ferdinands Restaurant & Bar, owned by Ben and Ashley Lindsey, is now open.

The menu at Ferdinands features items such as crab dip, bruschetta, seared tuna salad, pulled pork sliders, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, fresh-squeezed juices and homemade desserts.

Oxford vegetarians will be pleased to find several items on the menu for them as well: portabello sliders, a veggie wrap, grilled cheese and a veggie pot pie.

Hours are Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (late night bar menu Thursday to Saturday 9:30 p.m. to midnight)

The full menu can be found online here.

Ferdinands Restaurant and Bar on Urbanspoon

Round Table is Open on The Square

I walked by Round Table tonight (located in the former location of Ghost Solder at 132 Courthouse Square) and was a bit surprised to find that the doors were open and patrons were happily gathered at the restaurant’s namesake round table partaking of the new restaurant’s Southern fare, which consists of items such as pimento cheese sandwiches; country fried steak; pork chops; meat w/two sides plates and desserts provided by Eat Sassy.

Kitchen hours are Monday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

UPDATE 11/14: Plate Lunches and Breakfast come to Round Table.