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The latest offering from Consortium Holdings — comprised of local hotshots Arsalun Tafazoli and Nate Stanton — is a duo of spots dubbed Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine that has take over the corner of 30th Street and Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. Soda & Swine, a brick and reclaimed wood homage to the drugstore soda-fountain will likely be the first to open, with an early December target date, followed by the more elaborate libation-only Polite Provisions, whose design cues are taken from an old-timey pharmacy. Both were conceptualized by frequent collaborator Paul Basile, who's building custom fixtures, combining new and vintage signage and installing a glass roof that'll give a solarium-like feel to the two spaces.
They've tapped SF cocktail guru Erick Castro (an alum of Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch) to curate the drink menu; Polite Provisions will boast 46 taps, dispensing draft beer, of course, but also wine, digestifs, straight-up spirits and cocktails — including their version of a Paloma, made with house-made grapefruit soda and a spice and fruit-infused rye whiskey drink called Rock&Rye. He'll also have a special bartender's table, for custom cocktail classes and demos. Consortium's new culinary consultant, Chef Jason McLeod (Grand Del Mar, Chicago's two Michelin-starred Ria) will oversee Soda & Swine's menu, a concise list — meatballs (from house-ground beef to vegan), a few starters and salads, plus three versions of apple pie — that leaves little room for error. Take a peek at the food and drink menu here.
Tafazoli, an extensive traveler who often brings home dishes he's eaten on the road (the house-made soft-serve ice cream that'll top Soda & Swine's apple pies was inspired by NYC's Momofuku Milk Bar) shared with Eater that he's moving forward with putting in a bottle shop next to his East Village craft beer bar, Neighborhood, and is already onto planning his next endeavor, a food-centric project that'll join his other Little Italy locales, Craft & Commerce and UnderBelly.
Note: if you're planning on taking the bus here, you'll have to walk a few more feet; the group is paying to have the bus stop out front relocated further south on 30th Street, away from Polite Provisions' wall of windows.
UPDATE: the opening is now projected for early February.
·Consortium Holdings Brings "Polite Provisions" and "Soda & Swine" to San Diego [FSR Magazine]
·All Star Castro [Pacific SD Mag]