After three years, Vino Rosina in the Harbor East area is closing. But that's not necessarily bad news.
A new restaurant will open in the Bagby Building space with a new concept and a new name, said owner Jim Lancaster, who also owns the Rosina Gourmet sandwich shops.
"We're going to do something outstanding," he said. "Nobody is doing anything like it."
There are new owners, investors, and management, said Jim, who will continue to be a primary owner. "Jesse [Sandlin] is the creative force behind the new concept."
The direction of the new place will be announced soon, he said.
Jesse, a former Top Chef contestant, opened Vino Rosina in spring 2010 and left a year later. She returned to the restaurant's kitchen late last year.
Jesse sent out an email this afternoon, announcing that Vino Rosina would close July 20.
Until then, Vino will be offering food and wine specials throughout the month to thank patrons, she wrote.
The new restaurant is expected to open by the end of July, Jim said.
It's a short-lived closure with a happy ending.