Kazimierz Wine Bar to reopen with new ownership

Scottsdale restaurateur Tommy Plato has announced he has acquired Kazimierz Wine Bar, 7137 E. Stetson Drive in Scottsdale, with plans to re-open the facility at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

Former owner Peter Kasperski closed the bar after 15 years back in October, according to a press release. The new facility will go by the name Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar.

Kazimierz Wine Bar, which closed in October, will reopen under the name Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar. (Submitted photo)

Mr. Plato, who owns The Second Story Liquor Bar in Old Town Scottsdale, says his Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar will offer a similar ambiance but with a new vibe and updated space that includes new furniture, paint and décor.

He also added new VIP seating and a Whiskey Bottle Keep program where guests can store their high-end whiskey in lockers. Guests can also participate in Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. every day and the full menu will be available until close every night.

Additionally, Mr. Plato plans to introduce a new chef and menu, as well as a new Whiskey Ambassador program and live music nightly. Jazz musician Dennis Rowland and Diana Lee will perform on opening night with other acts to follow.

“Peter was a pioneer in Old Town and what he created here with Kazimierz in this space is exactly what Scottsdale needs,” Mr. Plato said in a prepared statement.

“I’m excited to keep this tradition alive but with an updated twist on a high-end establishment where you can go to have after-dinner drinks, light bites and great live music all night long in an upscale environment that caters to wine and cocktail enthusiasts.”

Mr. Plato calls Kazimierz the perfect synergy for what he does best. He will use local purveyors featuring Noble Bread and Chula Seafood.

Among the new food offerings his signature biscuits, charcuterie and fromage plates, bruschetta, oysters and flatbreads, among others.

Mr. Plato’s background with Gelato Spot will also help him create an elevated dessert program. He plans to offer a dessert menu each night featuring the seven deadly sins of desserts, a release states.

The new experience will eventually offer more than 100 wines and 500 whiskeys including bourbon, ryes, American whiskey and Japanese scotch in addition to hand-picked vintages from around the world.

“Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar is the perfect blend of good food, upscale atmosphere and the best wine and whiskey selection in Old Town,” Mr. Plato said. “I am so excited to bring a new late-night concept to a familiar place that has had an incredible following for many years.”

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