Alla Spina, the Italian beer pub fronted by Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin, is targeting mid-February for its opening on Mount Vernon Street just west of Broad Street in the former Wilkie auto showroom. It's about 100 yards from their posher Osteria.
Michaud and the eatery's chef, Damon Menapace, gave me a walk-through today. Key detail to come: Befitting Alla Spina's translation as "on tap," there will be an elaborate industrial-strength, steampunk copper beer tower involving 20 kegs of beer plus 3 wines. (What is it with the kegged wines these days?)
Look closely at the photos, and over the 25-seat bar, you'll see an 8-top dining table placed atop the beer refrigeration system. Right now, a humble step ladder is your way up there. (And why would you want to dine on top of a refrigerator? Because you can.)
Also still to come is the work of artist David “Distort” Sol, who will spray graffiti on the walls, in keeping with the inner-city garage look. (Wags have been suggesting simply leaving the front door open one night.)