Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Proprietor Mark Ohlson (right) has released some more details about his wine bar, MJ's, The Bar at One City Wines, which he expects to open in late July. It's under construction in the food court area of One City Center in downtown Portland, in the old Dante's spot.
"The wine bar will include full table service, over 30 wines by the glass and half glass, all in a casual setting with knowledgeable staff," according to Ohlson's press release. MJ's "will not serve meals, hot food, hard alcohol or soft drinks. Light snacks such as bread, cheese, olives, almonds and chocolate are available to enhance the broadest wine selection in Portland." Ohlson also says he will also serve beer on tap and in bottles.
The well-traveled Ohslon, who has lived in France, Spain, California and New Zealand, is a Portland restaurant veteran. Most recently found behind the bar at Little Tap House in the West End, his resume also includes stints at Hugo's, Walters, Bull Feeney's, The Frog and Turtle and the former Uffa. He's bringing all that experience, plus sommelier training to his new venture, which will "host weekly tastings, certified level educational classes ... and educational tools like detailed wine maps, reference materials on geography vinification and history as well as 40 "fragrance" jars that allow customers to smell many of the common fragrances often described in wine."
Ohlson says MJ's wil be open 7 days a week from 4 p.m., with an open-ended closing time. He plans to offer two hours of free parking at the garage across the street. The wine bar will have "a south-facing patio, a large vinyl record collection" and an upright piano.Tweet
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
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