The recently closed Food Inc. space at the corner of California and Divis reopens Wednesday, July 20 as Scopo Divino, a classic wine bar from a former Chronicle ad salesman. Owner Tim Hayman enlisted the help of chef Mark Cina (Monsieur Benjamin, Benu) and restaurant consultant Erik Reese (Mayes, Catch) to develop a food menu typical of most wine bars (cheese, charcuterie, bruschetta, small plates), plus a 1,000-bottle deep collection of international wine.
The wine is what truly shines at Scopo Divino (which translates to "divine purpose" in Italian), and Hayman and Reese focused the collection on "star varietals from the regions best known for making them," like Pinot Noir from Burgundy, Cabernet from Napa Valley and Nebbiolo from Piedmont. There are 35 wines by the glass (see the full menu below), and some small pours of bottle-only wines will be available through the Coravin system, which allows for tasting wine without pulling the cork.
An interesting aspect to the wine bar is its club membership — for $15 a month you get 20 percent off all wine and beer in-house, 25 percent off all wine to-go from the list, 35 percent off from the library, and invitations to membership-only events. It’s a smart way to curate regulars, as well as secure some monthly money up front.
Daryle Baldwin of Bausman & Company designed the space with Old World wine in mind — and it shows. The interior is of another era, with touches like tapestries, velvet, and chenille. Scopo Divino opens Friday, July 20, to be open Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. until "late," with the kitchen closing nightly at 10 p.m.