Rootstock Pours & Plates, Tallahassee’s latest venue, is an element lounge, half restaurant. The setting is intimate, stress-free with only a shot of Mad Males swagger. A contact of brick, daring artwork and teal accents add heat to a setting that’s modern in an old school approach.

Total, this cozy area appears to be like like successful. The homeowners of Andrew’s Downtown — Andrew Reiss and Paul and Susan Roth — have remodeled the location, previously Andrew’s Second Act and Andrew’s 228, right into a location that’s snug but stylish. There are few locations like this anymore in Tallahassee with the departure of 319 Wine & Cheese and the upcoming closure of The Wine Loft.

To enter, you stroll downstairs, the stairway flanked by the constructing’s authentic brick partitions. It’s virtually like coming into a European grotto. You’ll first get a glimpse of a glass-enclosed wine room after which take a sec to admire the daring work by Tallahassee artist Paul Tamanian.

I had an opportunity to tour Rootstock on October 2 because the homeowners and employees had been ending some final particulars. The setting alone is spectacular and alluring however see what you suppose. The place opens at 4:30 p.m. October 3. 

Picture: Katie Reeves for Rootstock Pours & Plates

The sights will likely be a give attention to “shareable” small plates, artisan cocktails and a wine collection of 25 selections by the glass and 90 by the bottle.

Jumbo rock crab claws / Picture by Katie Reeves for Rootstock Pours & Plates

The menu, which can change typically, affords soups, salads and spreads ($7 to $12), small plates ($Three one oyster to $14), giant plates ($15 to market worth for a complete, fried fish), sides ($5 to $7) and candy plates ($eight to $9).

Charcuterie board / Picture by Katie Reeves for Rootstock Pours & Plates

Cheese and charcuterie plates can be found with a selection of seasonal spreads, jams, pickles and various breads. The price is $18 with three objects, $29 for 5 and $40 for seven. The objects embody cheeses from Candy Grass Dairy in Georgia and feta from Australia, smoked duck breast, Thibodeaux andouille and beef bone marrow canoe.

Roasted half hen with candied pecans and pickles / Picture by Katie Reeves for Rootstock Pours & Plates

Among the many selections from chef Matt Varn are poached beet salad, butternut squash, sliced tenderloin sliders, baked oysters, shrimp and grits (in fact), eggplant pizza, roasted hen, braised quick ribs, roasted root greens and buttermilk pie.

Bartenders, wanting sharp in tuxes with suspenders, will likely be pouring cocktails that embody a Smokey Banana Colada and concoctions referred to as a “Chill Collins” and Outdated-Long-established Roots.

The 80-seat restaurant/lounge is split into sections, simply set off for personal events, teams or personal date nights. There’s a 30-seat room, which could be rented, that will work for conferences or gatherings. Rootstock can also be certain to be in style for date nights, a buddies’ evening out chill gathering and after work (or legislative session) hangout. Few locations of this ilk are open after midnight outdoors of School City. What an thrilling new addition.

As for the title, right here’s what the homeowners must say about their selection: “The rootstock is the nutrient-rich a part of a plant that when merged with one other, sparks new progress to create a heartier,
extra sustainable selection.

“And we preferred that concept. The concept that once we share the most effective components of ourselves with others, that’s when the magic occurs. Our dream is to create a spot the place folks come collectively to interrupt bread over shareable fare, fabulous wine, and artisan cocktails. And by that
sharing, uncover the most effective of ourselves – collectively.”

I sit up for visits at Rootstock. I haven’t eaten there but so I can’t converse to the meals, however the setting and ambiance are inviting. Seems like a spark of latest life for downtown Tallahassee. 

Hours are anticipated to be 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 or 1 a.m. Tuesday by means of Saturday. It’s at 228 S. Adams Avenue, subsequent to Andrews Downtown; 850-518-0201.


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