Bill Curry of South Street's Copabanana says he's about a week from opening Redwood, a 60-seat wine bar and bistro next door, at 340 South St.
Curry says it will have a totally separate identity and is geared to be a neighborhood spot for people in Society Hill and Queen Village.
Curry says Redwood will be a subdued upscale bistro with cloth napkins but not tablecloths with the basic feel of the original Cafe Nola (which he operated with Judy DeVicaris for 16 years on South Street fom 1982 to 1996.) Think Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie and Arts and Crafts.
There are two rooms - the front bar and dining area with a tin ceiling and a back dining room with a small separate humidor wine room. An outdoors garden area will open with seating next spring.
Curry designed it with his partners - his nephew Daniel Christensen and longtime manager Joe Cucolo. Chef is Rand Maltese. Beverage director is Joseph Compton with bartender/sommelier Krista Jambor.
In a nutshell:
• 24 wines by the glass in a Cruvinet - available in two sizes - a 3-ounce taste or a 5-ounce glass. Wines will also be offered by the bottle (nearly 100 bottles)
• Craft beer will be available by draft (eight taps plus a gravity feed)
• One hundred beers in bottles offered for diners or by mix and match six packs to go. (No Budweiser or Miller Lite.)
• Cocktails with emphasis on whiskeys.
• Cheese and charcuterie menu plus small plates; limited number of entrees like rib eye steak and Northern California inspired specials, and oysters, shrimp and crab (Monday "Oysterday" specials)
Plan is to open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Limited acoustic entertainment and Sunday brunch will start after several weeks.