Yesterday, after a rocking Mother's Day brunch service complete with outstanding pastry baskets and well-crafted egg-centric dishes, Spuntino closed its doors for to get a major facelift. The LoHi restaurant owned by chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom was an ice cream shop not long ago. When it turned into Spuntino, the décor changed, but front-and-center remained the gelato case, focusing guests more on the Italian frozen treat than the food created by its new owners. That gelato case will be the first thing to go during this remodel.
The floor will change to wood throughout the restaurant and the wall across from the kitchen area will lose its hanging mirror and Italian pop posters to a unique dark gray textured wallpaper made exclusively of recycled materials. Gone will be the door and the glass wall separating the dining room from a private room in the back; that room will become an integrated part of the dining room, its back-wall to be cladded in reclaimed wood.
FinArt, a custom design company that worked on furniture at Old Major and other local restaurants, is assisting chef Lozada-Hissom with the remodel. One of the major moves of this remodel is the build-out of a bar that will replace the current counter and extend beyond the now defunct gelato case.
When it reopens, tentatively on May 18, Spuntino will finally have a more extensive wine list, 35% of which will be Italian, as well as a full bar, including many local spirits and a carefully edited cocktail menu. The dinner and dessert menu will also undergo significant changes, but the general theme of conscious, vibrant, and comforting food will remain the same. Stay tuned for details.