Peri Wine Bar Opening Later this Week

Posted on: February 7th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

179 Essex Street is amidst the final stages of a conversion from dive watering hole to a Mediterranean wine and tapas joint called Peri Wine Bar. Overall, remodeling has been progressing at quite a clip these last few weeks, culminating with the the recent blackout of the old Essex Ale House signage and whitewashing of the doors.

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On a Friday afternoon walkby, we knocked and owner Gokhan Cakmak permitted entry.  The space itself is practically identical to its predecessor, only dressed nicer.  Walls are exposed brick, new hardwood floors installed, and picture frames ready to hang.  Lighting is provided by a cluster of chandeliers and a row of incandescent bulbs above the bar. Oh, and the bathroom is no longer a disgusting Trainspotting toilet room. That, too, has been renovated.

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The Turkish-born Cakmak explained that Peri will serve Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner, and the obligatory brunch option on the weekends. Menu items include everything from salads, Crostini, and traditional meze plates, to skirt steaks and salmon.  We were told prices are more modest, with the most expensive entree being $18. Patrons will dine at communal tables with barstool seating, enough for roughly fifty people.

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As for libations, the bar will offer beer and a selection of wines from the world over, including Argentina, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, and California. But Cakmak is most proud to offer Mead on tap, arguably the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man.  Apparently, Mead is not offered anywhere else in the city.

Peri Wine Bar will open to friends and family this Thursday, with an official launch a few days later.  Looks like brokers got the wine bar they sought, after all!

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