Sergio and Mario Riva with partner AJ Bontempo of South Village Hospitality, the team behind Carroll Place, Osteria Cotta and Follia in Manhattan, today announced that Ainslie Italian Wine Bar and Beer Garden will open on Thursday, September 12th at 5:00 PM in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (76 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 347-725-3400). The kitchen will be helmed by NYC veteran chef John DeLucie. Hailing from Puglia, Italy Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro will man the wood fired oven as lead pizza maker. Jessica Duré, formerly with Broken Shaker, will head up the beverage program.
The initial hours of operation are Tuesday – Thursday 5pm – 2am; Friday and Saturday 3pm – 3am; and Sunday 3pm – 2am with weekend brunch hours to follow in the coming months. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Ainslie will feature a live DJ from dinner until close. Ainslie only accepts reservations for parties of five or more. Guests can use the Yelp waitlist app to secure a table by texting when they are on their way.
Ainslie is a 10,000 square foot 340 person multi-level venue that features multiple dining, drinking, and entertainment experiences. The 90-seat front wine bar and open kitchen features a wood fired pizza oven with full views of the chef and kitchen staff. A 70-seat back beer bar is connected to an outdoor beer garden, a 60-seat intimate living room is located in the mezzanine, and there is also a 1,000 square foot 50-person roof deck and bar. The drink menu includes 20 wines by the glass, four wines on tap, and 16 beers from local craft breweries on tap. Deliciously prepared affordable and approachable menu items ranging from $6 to $28 are also available. Some of the favorites include:
- Crispy Artichokes with Aioli con Alice ($11)
- The Ainslie Burger with Gorgonzola Dulce served on a Brioche Bun ($16)
- Carbonara Wood-Fired Pizza ($16)
- Linguine Vongole ($15)
- Housemade pasta including Spaghetti, Ravioli, and Pappardelle ($14-$16)
- New York Strip Steak served with Watercress, Balsamic, Cippolini, and Truffle Oil ($28)
The menu also includes many shareable items and is designed for large parties and festive dining.
“We are excited to be a part of the thriving Williamsburg community,” said Sergio Riva. “As Williamsburg continues to grow as a residential neighborhood and go-to area for social outings, our design team has done its best to preserve the building and honor the past. Much of the past will be on display adding unique character and a little bit of history to the elevated drinking and dining experience.”
The Ainslie building is the former home of the WM. CABBLE EXCELSIOR WIRE MFG. COMPANY. The former wire loom factory building was preserved and modernized to accommodate the rolling out of pizza and pasta dough instead of copper and brass. 76 Ainslie is the last remaining remnant of the factory complex, which once occupied the entire block.
The building was originally designed to allow soft northern sunlight to enter through the operable scissor skylights, which let the heat from the manufacturing process naturally ventilate through the window transoms. The factory was altered around 1910 to its existing configuration with 120 skylight windows. The restoration continued with the feel and texture of the old factory and took the operable window concept to another level with a 30-foot wide hangar door that opens and flows into a private walled garden. Remnants of the old factory have been lovingly preserved and repurposed. The old tin ceiling is now wainscot material, and salvaged heavy timber turned into furniture and bars.
“It is exciting to welcome Ainslie Italian Wine Bar and Beer Garden to the Williamsburg neighborhood and we are thrilled that the founding team opted to preserve the past and keep the building in tact,” said Rob Solano, Executive Director + CoFounder Churches United For Fair Housing. “It is rare to find a space that welcomes everyone and is committed to local hiring. I am humbled by their passion, desire and respect they put into making Ainslie.”
About South Village HospitalitySouth Village Hospitality operates Carroll Place, Osteria Cotta and Follia in Manhattan as well as Ainslie Italian Wine Bar and Beer Garden in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The company was founded by four seasoned restaurant, hospitality design, and foodservice executives. The team continues to successfully operate and open restaurant concepts that become go-to places in the communities they reside in.