The new restaurant/bar is set to open Monday in the space at 4714 E. Douglas formerly occupied by Caffe Posto and Hair Connection. Owner Whit VinZant offered a sneak peek last week, as saws and drills were whirring through the space. A few more details about the business:
1. It's a little bit restaurant, a little bit bar: Mike's Wine Dive has an extensive food menu, but it also has an extensive wine menu. Its owners see it as sort of a cross between a fine dining restaurant and a wine bar/nightspot. It'll be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
2. The menu is big: VinZant and his Puerto Rican chef filled the menu with unique items made with gourmet ingredients. It includes appetizers such as fried oysters and vegetable and goat cheese empanadas; a long list of salads and sandwiches; and entrees such as wild boar ragu over cavatappi; salmon in papilotte; and lobster, shrimp and crab mac and cheese.
3. The wine list is big: It was chosen by experts and includes a whole lot of whites, reds, champagnes and more.