Flanked by city officials - and a 6 liter bottle of Frank Family cabernet sauvignon - a groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning to commemorate the expansion of Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar.
The $1.5 million project on the corner of Del Paso Blvd. and Arden Way will include an events center, expanded restaurant and new wine bar. But more than giving this longtime wine bar a makeover, it's hoped the expansion will give a boost to Del Paso Blvd.'s business traffic.
"This is going to be a major change to the boulevard," said Sandy Sheedy, the City Council member who represents this north Sacramento neighborhood in District 2. "It's about changing the perception (of the neighborhood) and making it inviting. We're eclectic and we need to enhance that."
Enotria's staff is meanwhile planning to enhance its food and drink offerings, along with hiring additional servers. Look for Enotria to brew its own Belgian styled beer, and a small plates menu designed by executive chef Anthony Brenes for its new wine bar. Brunch will also be offered once the remodel is completed.
The first phase of the renovation is expected to be finished in September, which will include the construction of Enotria's 1,250-square-foot events center. A restaurant remodel will follow, with a grand opening planned for December.
Enotria will remain open during its remodeling, and currently features a $40 dinner for two (bottle of wine included) each Wednesday and Thursday.
"This expansion shows faith in the area and enormous faith in the recovery of the economy," said Susan Barry, the expansion's project coordinator. "The project has moved slowly, but zip-a-dee-doo-dah, we're here a year later and we've broken ground."