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Why open a new wine bar? Wine not
Food, wine and relaxation are being served at the islands newest night spot.
Andrea Korican is lucky to have such good neighbors. And a big neighborhood.
Ive had at least one of my neighbors come in every night since we opened, she said, of the three weeks since the Living Room, her new wine bar on Bjune Drive, opened its doors.
Along with her neighbors, Korican said shes welcomed all kinds of wine-loving folks, both from the island and from afar.
The bar and restaurant, which opened April 4 at the new Seabreeze development, offers a wide selection of wine selected by Korican, and food created by Four Swallows chef Gerry Ferraro.
Visions of her business began at 38,000 feet, while Korican was a flight attendant. Already a wine buff, she sought a place where people could relax, something that many parents shes a mother of twins dont often get the chance to do.
I was tired of going into the city for a nice glass of wine, she said. I wanted to create a place that was cool, funky and different.
The result is the Living Room, where formal attire isnt required or expected.
Korican takes a casual approach to food and wine-tasting as well, saying that people should eat and drink what they want, rather than what someone tells them they should want.
She leans toward red, though the food on the menu isnt necessarily designed for any specific pairings.
Among her choicest bottles is a 2004 Rutherford Ranch Rhiannon.
Its a really nice blend, she said. Its completely sold out on the East Coast.
Another favorite is a 2003 Quinta Do Crasto Duoro thats just flying off the racks.
Diners can choose from a selection that includes mini tenderloin burgers and a cheese plate with a fig compote. So far, Korican said, so good.
The response has been really positive, she said. A lot of people have told me this is just the type of place Bainbridge needed.
Though shes opening alongside several new island wine ventures, Korican said the Living Room is distinct from its competition. To make sure, she tries to pick wines that arent found elsewhere on the island.
Im looking for wines you wont find at the drugstore, she said. Town & Country has a great selection, but I dont want to have all the same wines they do.
A couple visiting the establishment can generally enjoy a good meal and wine for under $40, she said. She also encourages guests to ask questions, lest they end up drinking in the dark.
Sometimes when people go out theyre afraid to ask questions, she said. Thats why I wanted to make sure this place was casual and relaxed.
Korican said the Living Room is available for private rental, and she hopes to draw more business by staying open later than most restaurants on Bainbridge.
The island is changing, she said, noting that most places shut down by 9 p.m. when she and her family moved here a decade ago. Still, she hopes to deliver a genuine Bainbridge experience.
I want people to come here for great food and fabulous wine, she said. I want people to experience Bainbridge Island.