Taste Vegan Restaurant to Open in Phoenixville

Sand Castle Winery is re-conceptualizing its TASTE outpost.

Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Sand Castle Winery, the European vinifera estate vineyard in Bucks County, is reopening and re-conceptualizing their Phoenixville outpost, TASTE, located at 236 Bridge Street. The opening is slated for May 18.

Situated in the heart of historic downtown Phoenixville, TASTE, the former wine and small plates retail store, has been transformed into a chic vegan restaurant, featuring savory and elegant comfort food, with an emphasis on proteins.

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Executive chef Theo Charitos, formerly of Davio’s, the Drafting Room and current chef at Montgomery County’s Red Cedar Grille heads up the kitchen. Charitos has developed the menu using products from the Herbivorous Butcher, the world’s first meatless, plant protein-based butcher. Charitos has incorporated Sand Castle olive oils in the menu, and paired dishes with Sand Castle wines. The result yields offerings that every person will love—healthy but authentically remarkable.

“Rather than emulate the ‘leafy-greens,’ raw foodism model that is commonplace, we sought to form a concept that provides a savory, gourmet menu which satisfies both the diehard and reluctant vegan,” explains managing partner Chad Sletten. “When we sampled the ‘meat’ and products from the Herbivorous Butcher, we were blown away,” Sletten continues. “The ribs had the exact same texture, flavor and consistency as traditional meats. The chicken tasted like chicken. The steak tasted like high quality beef.”

A full bar featuring Sand Castle Wine will offer Pennsylvania-only spirits from Pittsburgh’s Wigle Whiskey and Boardroom Spirits in Lansdale and local beers from Free Will Brewing in Perkasie and Easton’s Weyerbacher Brewing. Cocktails will showcase drinks that were created to pair well with the menu.

The restaurant’s chic modern aesthetic was created by New York City designer Dean Arcuri of INIMITABLE Designs. Arcuri’s impressive resume includes tenures with Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren.  

The restaurant will seat approximately 50, with 20 seats at the bar, and will host live music. TASTE aims to appeal to vegetarians and carnivores alike, with additional locations planned to open later in 2017.

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236 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 484-924-953

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