opening (very) soon: tartine bistro

A new restaurant and wine bar is opening this Monday in Rocky River that promises to bring something truly unique to Cleveland. Tartine Bistro & Wine Bar is described as a cross between Bar Cento and Market Avenue Wine Bar, only more quaint than Cento and with a more extensive food menu than the wine bar.

John MCdonnell, the former owner/manager of the Fulton Bar and Grille, is the man behind this concept. And he’s not alone. Serving as a consultant, specifically helping with the menu development and setting up the kitchen, is Nolan Konkoski, the former chef at Momocho.

According to Konkoski, the menu will feature classic pairings across the Mediterranean with a definite French focus.

John has been putting the restaurant together for over a year, explains Konkoski. He said he wanted to do something small and quaint and French like you see done is so many other places in other cities, with great wine, bread and cheese.

The cheese selection alone is what’s going to get me there! The main focus of the restaurant will be on the wine and domestic and imported cheese offerings (8 – 10 ever-changing daily options), with the cheese selection setting them far above any other local restaurant, with the one possible exception being Baricelli.

And speaking of Bar Cento, Tartine is following its lead with affordable menu options, with everything ranging from $6 (for a salad) to $16 (for steak au poivre).

Other tempting items on the menu include: daily charcuterie selections; frisee with asparagus, fried organic egg and bacon vinaigrette; classic gazpacho with crème fraiche; roasted mussels with white beans, Dijon, basil and wine; medjool dates with goat cheese, lardons and port wine; heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, onion and basil-balsamic pesto; ham and béchamel sandwich with grain mustard and braised leeks; roasted chicken with haricots verts, ham and burnt lemon jus; baked cod with dill crumbs, blood orange, roasted fennel and olive oil, plus many other dishes, including a selection of pizzas and desserts.

The space will seat around 25 inside and approximately 20 or so on the patio. Tartine will be open everyday except Sunday, from 4 p.m. 11 p.m. during the week and until midnight on the weekend. Call 440.331.0800 for more information.

As for Konkoski, he tells me that he left Momocho a few weeks ago on very good terms and wishes Chef Eric and the rest of the team nothing but continued success. In fact, he said he wouldn’t be surprised if he and Eric end up working together on something down the road. For now though, he is focused on making sure the food at Tartine is cool, unique and delicious.

And from what I have heard so far, I have no doubt it will be.


  1. kate
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    where in rocky river will tartine be located?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    19110 Old Detroit Road. It’s on a one-way street in a stand alone red building.

  3. lifeinrecipes
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a winning combination to me. Can’t wait – thanks for the head’s up.

  4. modmex
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    i snuck in to see john + nolan the other day / the space is beautiful! / the menu + wine list are fantastic / john is going to be a hit + i can’t wait to visit / i wish him the best + only hope i can get a seat when i go in

  5. modmex
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    ps – he’s got a really talented chef helping him too / love you nolan!

  6. nek
    Posted June 28, 2008 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    website is up, but not fully developed yet.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted June 30, 2008 at 7:24 pm | Permalink very excited about your new spot..angelo and i are sending you all our very best wishes from nyc