Ryan Moreno and Andre Bourque (co-founders of JRG and owners) are excited about the opening of Italian Osteria Cheesebar in Walnut Grove. The doors open March 19 at 5 p.m. Submitted photo

JRG’s Italian Osteria and Cheesebar opens in Walnut Grove March 19

Italian eatery at 20330 88 Ave. will include a cheese bar and rotating wine table

The tastes of Italy are coming to Walnut Grove, starting on Monday.

Foodies with a flavour for Italian food can now experience dishes, and regionals cuisines by visiting Joseph Richard Group’s newest offering, The Italian Osteria & Cheesebar, which opens to the public March 19 at 5 p.m.

The 180-seat restaurant is the first Italian concept restaurant for JRG, whose other establishments include 14 public houses and three S+L Kitchen & Bar restaurants.

The menu was designed by JRG director of culinary operations Matthew Stowe (Top Chef Canada winner) and the JRG culinary team comprised of executive chef Andy Slinn, corporate chef David Jorge (MasterChef Canada winner) as well as the chef of The Italian, Jason Harper.

The Italian theme is one that has always been on the radar for JRG, with individual dishes like handmade ravioli, creamy risotto and San Marzano tomato soup featured on current menus at other JRG establishments.

At The Italian Osteria & Cheesebar, the flavours of Italy will be the star attraction.

“In Italy, sharing food and drink and bonding with extended family is a centuries-old tradition, and that idea of bringing family and friends together to share great dishes is what we’re all about at our establishments too,” says JRG CEO and co-founder Ryan Moreno.

From pizzas, handmade pastas and sauces to refined desserts to finish a meal, The Italian Osteria & Cheesebar aims to explore the full range of Italy’s culinary experiences.

A new adventure for foodies will be the restaurant’s cheese bar, which will provide new ways to try some of the favourite and lesser known cheeses of Italy, where 450 different types of cheeses are produced. The concept will also feature a community wine table that will allow guests to try select premium wines normally only available by the bottle, by the glass on a rotating feature wine menu.

“Not only is Italian food one of the most comforting and universally loved cuisines in the world, but the fish, fruit, and vegetables that make up the Mediterranean diet also make it one of the healthiest in the world,” Stowe said.

The Italian Osteria & Cheesebar is located at 20330 88 Ave. in the former location of JRG’s Oak & Thorne Public House, which has moved across the street to 20173 88 Ave.

The restaurant will be open seven days a week for dinner only (5 p.m. to midnight), with plans to open for lunch within the first few months. For reservations or more information visit www.jrg.ca/establishment/italian-osteria-cheese-bar/

About Joseph Richard Group

Founded in 2002,Joseph Richard Group (JRG), is one of B.C.’s fastest growing food, beverage and entertainment organizations with 21 public houses, restaurants and liquor retail outlets in BC and Alberta.

For more information, visit www.jrg.ca

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