A little over a year after it was first announced, wine and small-plates bar 20 Spot is finally opening this Friday. Helmed by Bacchus owner Bodhi Freedom and chef Anthony Paone (last of Berkeley's Sea Salt), the 38-seat space features mid-century modern lighting and furniture collected by Freedom over the years, as well as a bar top based on the work of Paul McCobb, his favorite furniture designer of the era.
Paone's menu is heavy on seasonal fare with lots of homemade pickles and preserves, like the mushroom ketchup in his steak tartare with oyster cream and the curry mustard and apple butter served alongside his rabbit pate. There are also several salads; raw oysters with lemon relish; a pork sandwich featuring loin, belly, and potted pork; and a couple of simple desserts like a poached-pear pound cake. Cheese plates feature offerings from Achadinha and Rogue Creamery, among others. View the full menu here.
Freedom also sent along a sample list of wines by the glass, which may change before the bar opens. It's heavy on French offerings, with a smattering of Italian, German, and American wines as well. The beer list is highly local, with three drafts from the Bay Area and all bottles from Northern California. View the full wine and beer list here.
Opening hours are 5 pm-12 am Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, and 5 pm-1 am Thursday-Saturday. They'll be closed on Tuesdays. And if you're wondering why that image above looks familiar, Woody Allen shot some scenes for his latest film, Blue Jasmine, in the apartment above 20 Spot last August.