New wine bar, bistro coming to La Jolla

Nick Ravden and his wife Tiana, rear, with his parents Marshall and Linda Ravden spend a day in Temecula tasting wines for their new wine bar opening soon in La Jolla. Photo: Courtesy

By Dave Schwab
Staff Writer

A new family-owned and -operated wine bar and bistro is on its way into La Jolla and will arrive sometime in the next couple months.

“Initially we were hoping to open by Feb. 1, but now it will probably be mid-February to March 1,” said Nick Ravden, who, along with his wife, parents and business partner Martin Hall, just signed papers for the new establishment to be located at 7644 Girard Ave. in the space formerly inhabited by Café Lavande. “We had a good opportunity to get involved and take over that space and sort of establish a new identity there.”

The new wine bistro, which likely be called Finch’s Wine and Bistro Bar, has a large outdoor courtyard space which is being reconfigured to cover and landscape it, as well as put in heating elements to accommodate guests year round.

Eventually, the goal of the new business, which will start out with a beer and wine license, is to be full-service with  liquor.

The bistro will be open for lunch and dinner and will have happy hours.

“We will have a full-service menu,” said Ravden, who noted he hadn’t planned on getting into the bistro business, but jumped at the opportunity when it presented itself through his business partner, Hall, who knew the previous tenants. He said he and his business partners did their due diligence in researching the prospects for running a successful wine bar.

“The concept was to be in the Village and a wine bar seemed to be one thing that was missing,” he said. “Our goal is to be there for a long time.”

Ravden said he and his family are actively seeking customer feedback on their new establishment.

“We want to know what people in La Jolla like in terms of wine or food, certain brands they’d like us to carry,” he said. “Our bottom line is we’re very open to suggestions.”

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Posted by Dave Schwab on Jan 18, 2011. Filed under Featured Story, La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

7 Comments for “New wine bar, bistro coming to La Jolla”

  1. Sallie Kranitz

    We wish you lots of good luck and success. Mort (grandpa) Sallie (grandma) We hope to visit your new restaurant soon.

    Love,
    Sallie and Mort

  2. Jennifer Williamson

    La Jolla has needed just such an establishment for a long time. Your timing on this is great. Me and all m friends are looking forward to opening day.

  3. SIMONE HYAMS

    CONGRATULATIONS RAVDEN FAMILY,
    WE ARE CONFIDENT THATTHIS PROJECT WILL BE TOP NOTCH LIKE EVERYTHING
    YOU DO AND WE WISH YOU THE BEST. LIKE MOST "ZONIS" WE ARE LIKELY TO LOOK
    YOU UP THIS SUMMER, MEANWHILE, WE ARE VERY HAPPY FOR YOU.
    LOVE, ALWAYS,
    SIMONE AND HAROLD

  4. Mic helle

    Wow! That'swonderful! I am so happy for you all. I hope to come and visit soon. Congratulations!
    Love,
    Michelle Licavoli

  5. Verybored

    It's hard to believe there is no such establishment in La Jolla as it stands.

    Sounds good.

  6. Eli and Diana

    We were very happy to meet you and to hear of the new venture.
    We look forward to good food, good wine and good music.
    Wishing you much success.

  7. fay

    Great ambiance and food. Music was great too. Really enjoyed it.

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