, the long-awaited cocktail bar planned for the space beneath Colt & Gray, will open tonight with a roster of delicious drinks and curated wines and beers.
It was almost two years ago that Colt & Gray owner Nelson Perkins announced his expansion plans: Colt & Gray would be growing into space next door, and in the basement space underneath the restaurant he would also build a brand-new cocktail bar, Ste. Ellie, as well as Viande, a charcuterie kitchen, and two private dining rooms.
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Barring complications, Perkins hoped to have all parts of the project finished by summer 2012. But complications quickly piled up, and Perkins had to push his schedule back a couple of times. Finally this spring, Perkins got the project got back on track.
The expanded Colt & Gray dining room opened last month. And after a soft (very) opening, Ste. Ellie will open to the public at 8:30 p.m. tonight with longtime favorite Kevin Burke on staff, along with two other familiar faces: Ryan Conklin and Matty Durgin.