American Provisions (613 E. Broadway, South Boston) — a popular specialty market that features natural wines, local beers, cheese, and charcuterie — plans to open a small wine bar and restaurant in the space adjacent to the shop. Boston’s zoning board of appeals approved American Provisions’ plan on April 30.
The team is in the process of obtaining a liquor license so the forthcoming restaurant space can function as a wine bar, specializing in natural and biodynamic wines, according to American Provisions general manager Kara Chadbourne. The project is in the very early planning stages, she said, so the team hasn’t decided on a specific cuisine just yet, but diners can expect to see a menu loaded with cheese. The space will be small — just 28 seats.
The American Provisions team is drawing inspiration from natural wine bars in Paris and other European cities, owner Matt Thayer told Eater, and they hope to bring some of that same charm to Southie.
“We have a market that offers that old world way of grocery shopping, and we hope to bring some of that to the space next door,” said Thayer.
American Provisions opened in late 2010 and added a Dorchester location earlier this year. When the South Boston location gets its wine bar, it will join a rapidly growing natural wine scene in and around Boston. Somerville’s Tasting Counter and Rebel Rebel and Boston’s Haley.Henry and Nathálie are just a few of the local bars showcasing natural and/or biodynamic wines, not to mention the forthcoming evening wine bar at Curio Coffee in East Cambridge.