Rustic-industrial ambiance and a well-stocked wine cellar in St. Charles
Wine connoisseurs are discovering Vintage 53 at 162 S. First St., St. Charles (630 549-0423), and early returns are positive, says owner Mario Grado.
“Our cellar stocks close to 100 carefully chosen wines, including many sold by the glass,” Grado says. There’s also a selection of craft beers.
Head Chef Alton Morris oversees a creative food menu featuring 10 flat breads, small plates (such as barbecue pork belly, Moroccan cauliflower and rabbit sausage) and assorted cheeses and charcuterie. The average per-person food tab runs from $15 to $20.
Vintage 53 — housed in new construction that is part of the village’s First Street redevelopment project — seats 65; a patio increases occupancy by another 10.
The rustic-industrial interior has reclaimed wood and brick, concrete floors and vintage-style Edison bulb lighting.
Vintage 53 hosts private functions during off hours and on days when the venue is closed. It is open Tue – Thur from 3 to 11 p.m.; Fri – Sat from 3 p.m. to midnight and Sun noon to 8 p.m.Edit Module