Sportello alum Haley Fortier opens the doors to her first solo project, a tiny Downtown Crossing wine bar, this Friday, August 5. Located inside luxury condo building 45 Province, Haley.Henry spans just 686 square feet on the ground floor; there are 18 bar seats and two four-top tables inside the nautically themed space. As previously reported, the restaurant’s two highlights are wine and tinned fish. (It’s apparently a good year for the opening of tiny tinned fish bars — Saltie Girl opened in June in Back Bay with a similar vibe.)
On the wine front, Fortier is serving up a list of 40-50 wines, mostly old world, with lots of half-bottle options. "I want us to be known as a half-bottle bar, more than for glass pours," she told Zagat.
Chef de cuisine Carolina Curtin (Menton, Sycamore, Liquid Art House) is heading up the food side of things, serving an assortment of snacks, cheese and charcuterie boards, toasts, salads, crudos and ceviches, and panini, along with a big selection of the aforementioned tinned fish, from Portuguese smoked eels in olive oil to Washington State smoked oysters in barbecue sauce. And diners can order shaved bottarga (salted, cured fish roe) on anything and everything. (See the opening food menu below for more details and pricing.)
Fortier and Curtin aren’t the only Barbara Lynch Gruppo alum at Haley.Henry — general manager Kristie Weiss worked at No.9 Park.
Here’s a look at the opening menu, from "small little dudes" to "ooh baby I like it raw."
Haley.Henry will be open from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays; it will be closed on Sundays.