It’s taking Tapastrie a little while finish remodeling, but manager Tom Welsh said he and the owners are working to get the downtown South Bend tapas and wine restaurant open “as soon as possible.”
The upcoming dining destination will serve Mediterranean dishes on small plates, which are called tapas, along with a variety of wines. The restaurant is co-owned by Carol and Terry Meehan, who are also the proprietors of Fiddler’s Hearth.
The original plan was to open the restaurant in January at the former location of The Vine at 103 W. Colfax Ave., but Welsh said they’re still remodeling the space and waiting for the liquor license to be approved.
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In the meantime, Welsh is continuing to work with chef Tony Nafrady of Fiddler’s Hearth to draft Tapastrie’s menu.
“You get one chance to make a first impression, and we want to do it right.”
But Welsh doesn’t want to say for certain when the restaurant will open its doors.
“The key is we’re going to do it right, and we’re not going to rush it,” he said. “You get one chance to make a first impression, and we want to do it right.”
But Welsh said he and the Meehans have already nailed down some of their plans for the upcoming restaurant.
Tapastrie will have a general dining area and bar on the ground floor for about 80 to 90 people.
There’s also space for about 50 people in the basement, which Carol Meehan said will be used for private parties, wine and olive oil tastings and cooking classes.
The restaurant will also have a wine dispenser where customers can sample wines and order fresh pours by the glass or bottle.