BrewVino is the latest installment in fresh, new eateries popping up across downtown York.
Cousins and co-owners Jordan Chronister and Marc Bower and their families celebrated the grand opening BrewVino, their new cozy-casual handcrafted pizza joint, in October. Situated at the corner George and North Streets, just across from Santander Stadium, BrewVino offers 13 varieties of personal-sized artisan pizza as well as craft beer and wine.
Taking inspiration from gourmet pizza shops they visited while vacationing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Chronister and Bower began formulating their own enterprise for York about one year ago. They solicited the help and support of friends and family to fuel their operation. It’s truly a family affair, with sisters, moms, dads, aunts, uncles and cousins lending a hand in the front and the back of the house.
Chronister and his father, Steve, and Bower and his father, Greg, worked together to secure the vacant space previously occupied by La Casa de Tapas, which closed its doors last year. With keys to the space in hand in April, the team planned renovations, tested recipes and developed menus with a fall opening in mind.
Chronister and Bower chose lighting and functional pieces that fit with York’s industrial heritage, accenting the 70 seat L-shaped dining space. Chronister’s high school wood shop teacher, Al Janosik, designed and installed solid oak and metal ledges marking the space just outside the restaurant that will offer additional seating in the warmer months. Janosik also cut and finished the solid oak pizza serving boards.
I stopped by BrewVino on a Friday evening to check out the space and sample some pizza with a small group of friends. We arrived and found about half of the tables in the restaurant occupied. We grabbed a high top table and ordered some drinks.
As the sun set, casting its pinkish-orange hues across the city sky, we chatted and watched the remaining seats fill with a diverse mix of patrons. Families with young children and teenagers, groups of sharply dressed young professionals, casually dressed couples and large groups of friends all filed in to the space, filling every corner.
We ordered three pizzas to share around the table, including the Dirty South (caramelized onions and andouille sausage), the Steak & Blue (sliced tenderloin and blue cheese) and the Whistle Pig (goat cheese, pulled pork, apples and balsamic drizzle). If one of the 13 pizzas doesn’t suit your fancy, you can build your own pizza with a choice of sauce, vegetable and meat toppings.
Small and large salads are also available. My friend and I tried the classic wedge salad – a crisp-chilled quarter of iceberg lettuce, topped with bacon, blue cheese, red onion, buttermilk peppercorn dressing and cherry tomatoes.
A selection of 10 red and 10 white wines are available by the glass or bottle. From the wine list, I sipped an Argentinian Malbec that paired nicely with the Steak & Blue pizza.
My friends enjoyed the selection of local craft brews by Liquid Hero, Tröegs and Victory. A favorite among the group was Spring House Brewing Co.’s Braaaiins Pumpkin Ale for Zombies crafted in Lancaster County. The amber-colored beer has warm notes of vanilla and autumn spice.
A flight of four 5-ounce beer samples is available for $10, while four-pint growlers with the engraved BrewVino logo are available for $34. For those adverse to microbrews, Miller Lite and Yuengling Lager are also available on tap.
BrewVino has the NFL Sunday Ticket and four 39-inch flat screen TVs in the bar area. The space is available for private events on Mondays and Tuesdays. Every Friday over the lunch hour, patrons can enjoy a pizza of choice, a small salad and a non-alcoholic beverage for $8.50. Chronister and Bowser are considering hosting open mic nights and plan to feature the work of York artists on the walls of the space.
The Revolution played their last game of the 2014 season at Santander Stadium just a few days before BrewVino’s opening. Chronister and Bowser are already anticipating this coming spring and opening day as they plan game day specials. The eatery is poised to offer hospitality to baseball fans before and after games.
• 251 North George Street, York; 850-2781
• Wednesday and Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 4-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 12-8 p.m.