Sneak Peek at It's Your Business: New location for V. Picasso

Sneak Peek at It's Your Business: New location for V. Picasso

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Art critics categorize Pablo Picasso's works into periods, such as the "Rose Period" and "Blue Period."

Now V. Picasso, the wine and tapas bar that enjoyed a run in downtown Urbana from October 2009 to December 2010, is about to enter its "Champaign period."

Victor Fuentes, who launched the concept, plans to resurrect it with some new touches in the former Ippatsu salon space at 122 N. Neil St., C — just south of the Christopher & Co. jewelry shop.

V. Picasso will be "a chef-driven wine bar," featuring wines on tap as well as selections by the bottle, Fuentes said in an email.

Chef-prepared "small plates" will be served, including charcuteries, artisanal and locally sourced cheese and gourmet flatbread.

"The small-plate style will allow patrons to come in for a light meal or combine dishes for a fuller, diverse meal as well as shared meal experiences," Fuentes added.

Prices for wine by the glass are expected to be between $5 and $9, while food items will be in the $4 to $17 range, he said.

Construction on the space, which wraps around the jewelry shop, is expected to begin this month and continue through October.

"We plan to open in late October if all approvals and permits go according to plan," he said.

V. Picasso will make use of the building's features, including exposed brick and the tin ceilings. Repurposed items — including wrought iron fencing, salvaged bowling lanes and weathered barn wood — will figure into the decor.

Fuentes said he hopes to use the bowling lanes for the top of the bar and possibly for table tops.

The bar area, which occupies the salon space, will have table seating for 20 and bar seating for 18. The dining room, which takes space to the north, will seat another 70 patrons.

Fuentes said he hopes to have outdoor seating along Neil Street.

"People like to walk around downtown Champaign, and Neil Street between Chester and Main streets is the main drag for people walking around," he said.

"This is the perfect location, so close to the new hotel," he said, referring to the Hyatt Place.

Victor and Sammy Fuentes own a number of eating establishments across Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, including the Wedge tequila bar, a couple blocks north on Neil Street, as well as El Toro restaurants.

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