Montrose is in the midst of a wine bar boom. In the last year, new arrivals like Avondale Food & Wine, Light Years, Penny Quarter, and Montrose Cheese & Wine have given area diners high-quality new options for sipping the perfect vintage.
In just a few more days, oenophiles will have another new option courtesy of Postino WineCafé. The Arizona-based wine bar and restaurant announced it will open its second Houston-area location on September 15 at 9 am.
Postino owners Upward Projects has restored the former Montrose Mining Company building at 805 Pacific St. Inside, patrons will find "statement light fixture" and a wall of images that pays homage to the space's history as a number of bars, including the Tattooed Lady, Pacific Street Station, and Uncle Charlie’s. Perhaps the best news for fans of Postino's location in the Heights is that the Montrose location will have approximately double the space, with seating for 100 in the dining room, 24 at the bar, and 70 on the covered patio.
"The restoration of the former Montrose Mining Company building has been a labor of love," Postino founder Lauren Bailey said in a statement. "Most would call us crazy for the lengths we’ve gone to preserve and restore literally the thousands of bricks that surfaced that building. We believe that these historic spaces carry special energy — kind of vibrate at a higher frequency. It’s easier and cheaper to knock it down and build something new, but that’s never been what we stand for."
Food options will match the Heights outpost. Its mix of shareable snacks, cheese and charcuterie boards, and a wide range of bruschettas has proven compelling. Similarly, the cafe's wine list features approximately 30 selections of varietals from around the world; all of them are available for $5 by-the-glass every day from open until 5 pm. In addition, 10 taps of Texas craft beer are also available in 32-ounce mini pitchers for $5 until 5 pm.
Postino has been a smash hit since it opened in The Heights last year. Finding a place in Montrose's crowded restaurant scene won't be easy, but the cafe's combination of food, design, and inexpensive day drinking should make it a compelling option in its new neighborhood.