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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

In Tremont, welcome back 806 wine bar

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Jason Beudert’s restaurant-consulting business has a sort of stuffy name – Vista Hospitality and Logistics Group sounds more like something out of Clancy novel. But Beudert, it turns out, is a pretty down-to-earth dude. That’s good news for fans of upscale boozing, since Beudert and partner Greg Costa will soon reopen Tremont’s long-struggling 806 Wine & Martini Bar, probably in mid-June. “It has a great reputation, and a wonderful location,” Beudert tells C-Notes. “Now let’s help it live up to its potential.” ... Both Beudert and Costa claim backgrounds in “big box” entertainment venues, like Disney World and ESPN Zone. Most recently, the men worked together at the former Jacobs Field, where Costa served as general manager for food-services partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice and Beudert was operations manager. 806 won’t be Vista’s first local venture. Among other familiar names, Westlake’s M Bistro became a client last November. “We know a lot of local businesses need help, and that’s what Vista has been designed to do: Help struggling businesses find their focus, and add value to their operation.” For 806, Vista is partnering with property owner and developer Tom Leneghan. Tops among Beudert and Leneghan’s goals is helping the upscale watering hole better complement its trendy Tremont ‘hood. Surrounded by spots like Lolita, Lago, and Fahrenheit, Beudert rightly claims it would be foolish to try to compete in the dining arena. Instead, he wants to see 806 focus on becoming a leading wine-and-cocktail stop. Better still, he aims to do that at reasonable prices, including plenty of daily specials priced at $8.06 or less. Also in the plans are a value-packed Happy Hour, a modernized décor, an expanded patio, and a downstairs lounge area with pool tables, high tops, and TVs. While the focus is on beverages, Beudert also promises an in-house kitchen team, whipping up a dozen or so small plates and homemade desserts. Look for doors to open at 4 p.m. daily. -- Elaine T. Cicora Read Elaine Cicora's restaurant reviews, food news, and comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at clevescene.com.

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