Those living OTP will be thrilled when Carla Dent, owner of Pastis in Roswell, opens the doors to her newest venture. Taste Restaurant and Wine Shop is located in a charming house in historic Roswell that Dent completely gutted and renovated into a wine bar and restaurant, plus retail wine shop. Taste is going to be the first of its kind in Roswell because the city’s laws make it extremely difficult to have this type of concept. Dent lucked out and found two available properties next to each other and actually has two separate leases. The two spaces are joined by a 1,000-square-foot stone patio that will seat between 75 and 90 guests. Restaurant patrons will be able to taste any of the 150 to 200 wines stocked in the retail store, even if they aren’t on the wine list, and both sides will keep memory cards detailing which wines the customers prefer. “We want people to come in and be able to taste just about anything,” Dent says. “And if you like it, you can buy it.” 1132 Canton St., Roswell, 770.817.0202.
A quick Google search confirms what I suspected, Taste is taking over the space vacated by the late, lamented Coffee Buy the Book. It was a cute little independent store that also served coffee and pastries. I never went there for the food though. Sadly, it was one of the first things to go when the economy started to sink this year. Taste should be a fun and interesting addition to the neighborhood though. Here's hoping it's a bit more affordable than Pastis though.