February 19, 2013
The dual-concept launch of Polite Provisions and sister restaurant, Soda & Swine, puts one of the nation's most respected bartenders, Erick Castro (of San Francisco's Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch fame), alongside two-star Michelin Executive Chef, Jason McLeod, to bring a renewed spirit of community to a bustling street corner of one of San Diego's most eclectic, burgeoning neighborhoods, Normal Heights. Helmed by Southern California hospitality collective, Consortium Holdings (Noble Experiment, Craft & Commerce, UnderBelly, Neighborhood, El Dorado), Polite Provisions aims to revive and modernize the golden era of the neighborhood drugstore with spirited cocktails prepared with housemade bitters, soda pop, tinctures and syrups, as a nod to those ingredients' medicinal uses. The adjoining eatery, Soda & Swine, features a straightforward menu consisting of two classic staples: meatballs and apple pie, keeping in line with the simplicity of Main Street America.
The Polite Provisions concept reminisces on the vintage drugstore and pharmacy days in both menu and design – an institution of Main Street America where people would gather together to exchange thoughtful dialogue at the soda fountain. While carefully reviewing vintage pharmaceutical books packed with housemade recipes, mixologist Erick Castro found his inspiration for Polite Provisions’ expansive menu, which focuses on spirited cocktails prepared with housemade bitters, soda pop, tinctures and syrups, as a nod to those ingredients' medicinal uses.
Adding to Polite Provisions' neighborhood feel is a culture of collaboration behind the bar among the nation’s leading visionaries. Polite Provisions' dedicated “bartender’s chef table” features seminars and classes by Castro, as well as an elite group of guest bartenders invited from all corners of the country to share their knowledge of this progressing industry with the general public.
Polite Provisions’ expansive menu maintains a focus on spirited cocktails, a selection of dessert & champagne cocktails, craft punch bowls, and beer cocktails developed in partnership with local brewers, however Erick Castro also plans to showcase one of his newfound passions – non-alcoholic house made sodas. Vintage classics like Egg Creams, Phosphates and Fizzes take center stage, alongside a rare selection of gourmet bottled sodas such as Jackson Hole High Mountain Huckleberry, Sioux City Crème Soda and more.
|Inside Polite Provisions|
Catering to the growing number of amaro-crazed bartenders, sommeliers, and general imbibers, Polite Provisions features a lineup of rare amari, a popular bittersweet Italian herbal liqueur commonly consumed as an after-dinner digestif. While impressive amaro selections are appearing at ambitious new bars across the country, San Diego has yet to see a lineup like this, including a 40-year old Fernet Branca Vintage 1970s.
|Inside Soda & Swine|
Polite Provisions is open daily from 4pm to 2am and is located at 4696 30th Ave, San Diego, Ca 92116. For more information please call 619.677.DRUG or visit www.politeprovisions.com. Soda & Swine is located at 2943 Adams Ave. San Diego, Ca 92116. For more information call 619.269.SODA or visit www.sodaandswine.com. Doors open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight, with a brunch menu offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends only.