After 11 years, we have decided to make some big changes to barVino. These changes are the result of thoughtful consideration and many long, passionate conversations about how we can continue to serve our community while challenging ourselves creatively, taking care of our team and promoting a healthy work-life balance.
Our decision to make these changes was largely informed by the shortage of workers in the Adirondacks (we would encourage you to listen to NPR’s reporting on the subject if you are interested in learning more and have attached a link at the end of this letter). For years, we have found ourselves struggling to find enough staff to stay open five days a week. We have decided to scale back to 4 days a week (Wednesday – Saturday) so that we can provide consistent employment to the dedicated members of the barVino team. Rather than having our staff's hours fluctuate wildly from season-to-season, we can now guarantee them a set schedule with consistent hours throughout the year. It is not an exaggeration to say that without making some radical changes, we would no longer be able to stay open.
Beginning October 16th, barVino will start a four-day schedule and be open Wednesday – Saturday. We will occasionally be opened Sundays during holiday weeks and for beer & wine dinners. In the summer we will return to our Tuesday-Saturday schedule.
Starting 10/30, a lounge space will be housed in what was formerly our dining room. This space will be for enjoying a glass of wine, beer or cider. While dinner will not be served in the lounge, we will offer a small snack menu. The lounge is also the perfect spot to host a gathering for up to 30 guests. You can reserve it for a semi-private event during our regularly scheduled hours. Seating in the lounge can be arranged through the hostess.
We will now do all of our dinner service at the communal farmhouse table, the window table and at the bar. This means that there will no longer be standing room available in the bar. We do this not to be difficult, but so that guests who are dining can enjoy their dinner much as they would in a traditional dining room. Guests who wish to just have a drink will be able to do so in our new lounge where there will be a dedicate server to take drink and food orders. During the week, when we don't have reservations, guests are also welcome to enjoy a drink at the bar. It is only on Saturdays that bar seating is reserved for dinner. Seating for dinner will be through the hostess and will continue to be first-come, first-serve Wednesday – Friday.
By changing the dining room to a lounge and moving our diners to what was formerly our bar area, we hope to better serve our guests. Serving dinner to 18 guests+ at the bar plus 27+ guests in the dining room is simply no longer feasible. Our goal is to create an improved dining experience to our guests in a more intimate setting.
On Saturdays (beginning 11/23), in order to gracefully deal with the number of guests who come through our doors, we will offer two seatings. The first seating will be from 5-7 and the second seating will be at 7:30. Reservations are recommended and appreciated and can be made up to one month in advance via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). And don't worry, we always leave room for walk-ins in case you're a more spur-of-the-moment kind of person.
As a result of these changes, barVino will now be a 21 & older establishment. We understand that this is a dramatic change from how we have done business in the past and is in no way a reflection of how we feel about our younger guests; indeed, many of your children have grown up with us at barVino. However, our new layout and dining format are designed for guests who are 21 years of age or older. We thank you for your understanding.
WHAT’S THE SAME
Great food, wine and beer at accessible price. Live music on Wednesday (plus a couple of other nights). Daily drink specials. And us loving you!
As we make this transition, there will definitely be some kinks to work out. We will make adjustments as needed so that our valued guests continue to feel welcome in our new space. After all, we’re still the barVino you know and love, just in a slightly different package. We appreciate your patience, positivity and continued patronage as we begin this new chapter.
We look forward to seeing everyone throughout the fall and winter.
Warmly and with gratitude,
the Bowers family
Anna, Luke, Mike & Mary Ann