If you’ve driven through NoDa recently, you may have noticed the squat black brick building on 36th Street near The Plaza that’s been under construction for about a year now. Local artist Nick Napoletano recently painted a multicolored swirl mural on its front facade.
The development will soon be home to an eclectic wine/coffee bar called Artisan’s Palate, which will occupy 2,500 square feet of space, according to Greg Godley and Andrew Blumenthal of Legacy Real Estate Advisors. A yoga studio will take up 4,200 square feet in the building, too.
Owner Christa Csoka describes Artisan’s Palate as “a community house” and a neighborhood hangout, complete with a coffee house and a full bar that’ll serve everything from wine to craft cocktails.
It will also have a kitchen serving small plates that Csoka, a professional chef, said will be “elevated but comfortable,” and will change depending on what’s in season. The rotating menu will have 10-12 dishes at any time, and also will include charcuterie from Orrman’s Cheese Shop.
Csoka’s business partner, Christine Alter, is a German pastry chef who will make baked goods that’ll be sold each morning.
Other elements throughout the Artisan’s Palate will help create a homey feel, Csoka said. The bar and shelving is being done by Carolina Reclaimed, a local company that makes handcrafted furniture from reclaimed wood, for instance.
A nod to NoDa’s artistic roots, the Artisan’s Palate will also house a small gallery that every few months will feature work from local artists or artisans, from potters to jewelry makers to small-batch bourbon distillers, Csoka said. The gallery will double as a private dining room.
“(The concept) sounds all over the place, but in a way that’s really good,” Csoka said. “I’m trying to create a space where you can engage all of the senses.”
Two empty spaces remain in the development — one is 650 square feet, and the other is 2,500 square feet.
Construction on the building is mostly complete; all that’s left is some roof work and tenant upfits, according to the developers. Businesses are expected to open sometime in early 2019.
“We get a ridiculous amount of retail demand for the NoDa area. We wanted to go and supply some neighborhood services to the area,” Blumenthal said.