The building at 2223 East Colfax Avenue in the Wyman Historic District has, over the past century, housed the old York Matinee, a wristwatch repair shop, and soon, a brand new wine bar and pizzeria. While construction has yet to be completed, Brik on York, is set for a soft opening May 14.
Combining his love of travel, food and wine, the concept was dreamt up by level-two certified sommelier and avid international traveller Travis Gee. The neighborhood-friendly venue will combine globally inspired food, wine, and entertainment. With an open kitchen and authentic wood-fired oven imported from Italy, the menu will feature classic Neapolitan pizzas – cooked-to-order in only 60 seconds – artisan charcuterie platters, antipasti and seasonal salads.
According to Gee, simplicity was the name of the game when developing the menu, although a constantly changing chalkboard will add diversity to the food and cocktail offerings. Thirsty visitors will be able to sample small pours of any of the massive collection of wines, thanks to Brik's Enomatic pouring system, which preserves the quality of wine after bottles are opened. For higher-end bottles, a Coravin 1000 System allows servers to pour without removing the cork, preventing oxidation.
Regional-specific food and beverage pairings will be a primary focus, accompanied by tasting events, educational experiences and live performances, from music to movie nights, storytelling to poetry. Guitarist Brett Randell will be the house musician, performing Thursdays at 9 p.m. Local art will adorn the walls on a rotating basis as well. Brik will also offer Wine Passports for $35 for 10 percent off individual wine purchases (glasses or bottles) excluding happy hour deals.