Pinot Wine Bar in the Tower District has been closed for a while now and some of you have been wondering what’s up. The picture at right is the sign that’s posted in the window.
Well, here’s what I know. A while back Juan Leija bought the business from Daniel Renteria, the wine lover who founded it, as Daniel wanted to spend a little more time enjoying his retirement. Leija has said from the beginning that he planned to shut down for a few weeks, do some work inside and reopen under a new name and concept. That’s happening a little sooner than expected, sped along by the transfer of the liquor license.
“Pinot in and of itself as wine bar is no longer in existence,” Leija says.
There’s a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on right now that isn’t finalized so details are slim. But Leijia says he hopes to reopen by early-to-mid February. It will still be a restaurant and have a full bar, but will focus on live music and have a new stage. For the past few months Pinot has had live music daily and Leija wants to make that the foundation of the business.
“It is going to have a new brand, the tagline ‘dine, drink dance,'” he says.
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