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D-Vine undergoing a divine transformation

August 22nd, 2018 development
D-Vine undergoing a divine transformation

By COLLEEN SPARKS, Managing Editor


Excitement is building as a popular Ocotillo restaurant and wine bistro prepares to reinvent itself with revamped furnishings, a more modern menu and a fresh name.

D-Vine Bistro & Wine Bar on South Alma School Road is going to become St. Amand Kitchen & Cocktails in October.

The transition team includes restaurateur and owner Robert E. Coulson, contractor Ken Morrow, who is president and managing partner of One Way General Contractors, Beth Katz, principal of KatzDesignGroup, and executive chef Ramon Rice.

Rice, who came up with the idea of St. Amand, has developed the new menu. The new restaurant will focus more on shared plates and less on the larger entrees that D-Vine offers now.

As St. Amand is the patron saint of beer brewing, winemaking and bartending, the restaurant will provide more cocktails and craft beers and a smaller number of select wines.

For the 12-year-old eatery, “it’s time for a refresh!” said Coulson, who bought the Chandler location and Dvine Bistro & Wine Bar Mesa in 2010. The Mesa restaurant is not going through a redesign.

“It’s time to ‘spruce up’ our marriage with the neighborhood and community,” he said. “The difference will be a brand new facelift/remodel/design. There will be new and exciting twist to our menu, as well as some of the classic favorites our patrons have come to love. Good business models change with the times.”

He said St. Amand will provide weekly specials based on its ability to buy the “best food products.”

Rice said some dishes that customers might see will include octopus with olive oil, tomato, capers, crushed red pepper, onion and grilled bread, as well as charcuterie with a rotating choice of cured meats, spiced nuts, bread, dried fruit and pickled vegetables.

Ceviche, crispy chicken, cauliflower macaroni and cheese and other small plates are also part of the planned menu.

Diners will be able to order beer-battered white fish with matchstick fries, tartar sauce and lemon slaw; pot roast with roasted cauliflower puree with kale, brandied cherries, shallot, roasting jus and olive oil; and a 20-ounce pan-roasted ribeye with butter-fried potatoes, charred shallots, roasted garlic and rosemary.

Besides the tastes, the sights at St. Amand will also be different, with a modern, clean cathedral-style interior, Katz said.

The KatzDesignGroup is opening the space to provide a relocated larger bar, allowing more light into the inside and offering a private dining area. The patio will be extended with more shaded area.

“D-Vine has a wonderful reputation for food and atmosphere. Wwe are just going to take it up a few aesthetic notches and create a unique vibe for every day lunch and dinner dining, and a fun date night,” Katz said, adding:

“We are rebranding St. Amand with new indoor and outdoor seating, custom tables and high-tops, and a saintly artisan mural of the man himself. It’s been enlightened. It’s light and pleasing.”

A mural will feature their version of how St. Amand looks, and he will be “kind of cool with his robe and maybe a goatee,” Katz said.

The wallpaper will be “a major decorative element” and the revised restaurant will have many windows, sconces and decorative light fixtures, she added.

D-Vine customers are excited about the change.

“I really like the sharing small plate idea at restaurants,” said Ginger Pawlikowski of Chandler. “That really works for my husband and I. We like to go out and just nibble a little, have a glass of wine. I love the live music. They’ve got a nice little patio. It’s just always been really personable.”

Realtor Mindy Jones Nevarez, owner of the Amy Jones Group at Keller Williams Integrity First, is also enthusiastic about the renovation.

“I absolutely love it when local hot spots take a proactive approach to attracting new clientele and keeping things fresh for their loyal clients,” Jones Nevarez said. “It speaks volumes about their dedication to community development and nurturing that they are willing to risk a refresh with a model that works so well.”

Sheryl Willis, owner of Go Chandler, is also fired up.

“I’m really, really excited about it,” Willis said. She loves the idea of customers sharing plates.

“That’s so fun,” Willis said. “It’s such a fun conversation too.”

D-Vine will likely be closed for three weeks during renovations but will probably reopen by Oct. 1 as St. Amand. The restaurant is located at 3990 S. Alma School Road.

Information: dvinebistrochandler.com.

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