Jeff Smith 1:30 p.m., Jan. 16
Cohn Restaurant Group Uncorking a New Concept in Hillcrest
Some restaurant names leave a lot to the imagination. The most recent addition to the Cohn Restaurant Group family, BO-beau, certainly did. But despite many a head scratch, people have flocked to that Robb Field-adjacent spot. The CRG’s latest concept is much easier to grasp.
Slated to debut in Hillcrest this summer, it will go by the moniker 100 Wines and will offer…100 wines. Ranging from old to new world, they’ll be available by the glass and by the bottle. All of the bottles will fall into one of three price brackets – $20, $30 or $40 – making for easy drinking math (always a plus).
Small plates will make up the food side of the equation. According to the CRG, those offerings will be heavily influenced by Mediterranean food culture and be devised by BO-beau executive chef Katherine Humphus and “numerous local chefs.”
There’s no word on who those other folks will be just yet, but the space’s designer has been announced. Philippe Beltran, who has put his stamp on his own places, including Kensington’s Blue Boheme and South Park’s Vagabond, is conspiring with the CRG again, looking to recreate the success they enjoyed forging BO-beau into the unique and appealing hideaway it's become.
Given Beltran’s previous projects, all of which get high scores for aesthetics and creating a pleasant, thematically-driven mood, future sippers and suppers will have plenty to look forward to when this wine bar pops its cork. 100 Wines will be located at 1027 University Avenue.