Sona Creamery and Wine Bar Opens at Eastern Market
by Larry Janezich
Sona Creamery and Wine Bar at 660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, will open for its first day of normal business hours (11:00am – 11:00pm) on Saturday, February 1. The new food venue has been open 3:00pm to 10:00pm since Wednesday. Co-owner Conan O’Sullivan says that they will plunge into a full day’s schedule on Saturday as a test run for normal business hours seven days a week starting next Wednesday.
(The outlet will be closed this Sunday, February 2, to assess Saturday’s operation and open 3:00pm – 10:00pm on next Monday and Tuesday.)
Every week, Sona’s cheese mongers – headed up by Katie Carter (rated by the American Cheese Society as the third-rated cheese monger in the country) – will pick ten cheeses at the peak of ripeness from the 150 – 250 styles of cheese available. The cheeses are featured on the menu (see below) from less to most pungent. O’Sullivan says that other menu items will be limited until the restaurant’s kitchen tests its production capacity and develops a “feel for the neighborhood’s palette.” These cafe items “From the Chef” are listed on the menu according to size, starting with small plates and progressing to entrée size. A boutique selection of Pacific Northwest wines will be offered, ranging in price from $6.00 to $16.00 a glass. Imported sparkling wines as well as beer and organic non-alcoholic sodas will be available.
The outlet – founded by owners Conan and Genevieve O’Sullivan – was inspired by similar Seattle operations and will feature the District’s only onsite creamery. Complementing its production and aging of a variety of cheeses, the restaurant will have an education component offering opportunities to learn about cheese and wine in the café, at classes, and exclusive tasting events.
Their website can be found at http://sonacreamery.com/