Mari Vanna is only weeks away from opening in the former Bastide space on Melrose Place. This will be the third location in the States (there's another in Washington, DC), joining others in London and the original in St. Petersburg. For the uninitiated, the restaurant and lounge is known for its "garden-tea-party-meets-Bubushka's-house atmosphere" and over-the-top brunches on the East Coast, which is what the parent company, Ginza Project, is hoping to capture here.
As you can see above, the front has been extensively renovated to look like a country home, and according to reps, this location is a "breezy, carefree answer" to its counterparts. There's an intimate dining room with a fireplace, a sunroom, a 20-seat bar, that beautiful garden patio that we all remember from the Bastide days and... karaoke. The menu skews Russian comfort food, from house-cured herring and borscht to beef stroganoff and stuffed cabbage. At night, it's house-infused vodkas, champagne and dinner accompanied by a real live accordionist. Mari Vanna will make its debut in late June.
8475 Melrose Pl.; 323-655-1977