After sitting sadly vacant for a while, the old Van Horn Sandwich Shop space reopened last week as the home of the new natural wine bar, June. The space got a major overhaul from restaurant design dream team hOme and now has a vintage Paris look, circa 1920 or so, says co-owner Tom Kearney. Kearney, who directs the menu at Ditmas Park favorite The Farm on Adderley opened the space last week with Henry Rich, a partner at Rucola and Fizcarraldo.
"I wanted to do a wine bar that wasn't just charcuterie and cheeses," says Kearney. The small plates menu spans from Tokyo turnips made with turmeric, sesame-salt, and sheep's milk yogurt to an apple brioche, and pork meatballs with nigella seeds and polenta. The wine list, which was put together with Nick Gorevic is hefty, with a number of bottles surpassing the $100 mark, but there are also glasses starting at $8. For drinkers who want to learn more about the wines, the bar is hosting events with wine producers.
June is only open in the evenings for now, but Kearney hopes to expand hours this spring, which is also when the restaurants backyard will make its debut.