Downtown welcomes two new eateries

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Downtown Martinez will take another step up with the opening of two new food and wine/beer establishments in the downtown.

First to open is Bar Cava, a wine bar and eatery expecting to host their Grand Opening on Dec. 17. The restaurant will bring the “French, New York and San Francisco restaurant experience” to Martinez, according to its social media pages, with premier wines and cheeses and a yet-to-be-revealed menu of food.

“We are a wine bar focused on small case produced wine, Craft beers from around the world, Spanish inspired cuisine, as well as craft coffee. … Our goal is to create an experience that makes you feel as if you’re sipping wine looking out over the Napa valley at sunset, or getting to drink wines in the caves of Spain and Europe.”

Bar Cava is located at 718 Main St., Martinez. They plan to be open daily from 10 a.m. to evening time.

They’re currently running a contest wherein passersby may take a “selfie” with the Bar Cava sign or clothing line, post it to social media with the tag “Bar Cava,” and possibly win a glass of wine or a cup of Mountain Grounds coffee. They’ll be choosing four contest winners at their Grand Opening.

Another restaurant is in the works at the old Foster’s Freeze location, most recently the home of Boscoz. The old diner is being transformed into “Cuff and Collar” by already-established Martinez restaurateur Arash Pakzad, who owns Barrel Aged and Barrelista on Main and Ferry streets.

Cuff and Collar will be a casual eatery serving sustainable, organic breakfast and dinner items. Draft beer will also be available along with entrées. In addition, the restaurant will offer walk-up window breakfasts convenient for those on the go, as well as bagged lunches.

An opening date for Cuff and Collar has yet to be named.

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