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. 

Bethany Clough

Bethany Clough

Bethany Clough has the most fun job at the Bee. She writes about restaurants, shopping and has the low-down on local businesses. In case you're wondering, her last name is pronounced "Cluff."
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2 thoughts on “Here’s what’s up with Pinot Wine Bar

  • January 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    sounds interesting….

  • January 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    abc website shows licensed surrendered with no transfer activity.


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