A concept kitchen, tapas and fancy cocktails: 5 new bars and restaurants to try in Reno

Midtown Spirits Wine & Bites
Evan Haddad
Reno Gazette Journal

There have been a lot of exciting developments in Reno's food and drink scene since the New Year. This week we've curated a list of five new bars, cafes and restaurants that you'll want to check out next. 

Fourk Kitchen

4991 S. Virginia St. Suite B 

Fourk Kitchen is a small, California-based concept restaurant that recently opened its first Nevada location in the Redfield Promenade shopping center between Nordstrom Rack and Bed Bath & Beyond. 

Dining at Fourk goes beyond a sit-down meal and drink. According to a description on the restaurant's website, the experience begins with a happy hour from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. before dinner service starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome from the head chef, who details Fourk's origin story, artwork and menu. Dinner consists of a four-course prix  fixe menu that rotates on a monthly basis. The cost of the experience is $49 per person with limited seating and reservations required.

Fourk was created by 24-year military veteran Paul Jansen, who serves as executive chef. A biography on the restaurant website states that Jansen "started his culinary journey" in 2015 when he left a corporate career to start the wine bar & tapas concept Citizen Vine in California.

Centro South

Chef Alberto Gazzola owns the new Centro Bar & Kitchen on California Avenue, as well as longtime favorite La Vecchia on Skyline Drive.

7600 Rancharrah Parkway #130

Local chef Alberto Gazzola has opened a second location of his popular eatery Centro, which opened on California Avenue in 2015. Centro focuses on cocktails, tapas and small plate dishes such as sticky ribs and beef tataki.

Gazzola downsized his restaurant portfolio last summer when he sold La Vecchia, a decades-old Italian eatery, to sushi entrepreneur Edward Hernandez. 

Midtown Wine Spirits & Bites

Cocktails at Midtown Spirits Wine & Bites

1527 S. Virginia St.

In February, live music lounge and bar Midtown Spirits Wine & Bites opened in the space formerly known as Midtown Wine Bar, which abruptly closed in July 2021. Wine & Bites is owned by two Nugget casino executives, Amanda Flangas and her partner, Anthony Layton-Mathews. 

Wine & Bites is open seven days a week, with live music Thursday through Saturday. Flangas said Wine & Bites will feature some of the acts that regularly performed at Midtown Wine Bar, such as jazz-blues musicians Major Nelson and Rick Metz. 

Garden of Reno

The Garden of Reno owners, left to right, Jessica Kozlowski, Nathan Perry, Christina Perry, and Katie Thorton stand inside the flower room at The Garden of Reno, a flower and coffee shop, on Feb. 22, 2022.

700 S. Wells Ave.

The Garden of Reno is a combined flower and coffee shop that serves locally roasted java and pastries in a lounge environment. The family-owned business features a full-service florist with custom bouquets and a wide selection of arrangements. 

Some of the food and beverage offerings include flower-infused coffee and pastries from Rounds Bakery, Delicious Designs and Dorinda’s Chocolates. 

Cafe con Papi

495 E. Sixth St.

This new cafe serves up a small menu of pastries and Latin-style coffee drinks such as the Papi Mocha, a take on a Mexican mocha that features cocoa powder and heavy cream, and cafe de olla, a traditional Mexican coffee prepped in a clay pot. 

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