A new wine bar wants to make a statement in Edgewater, as it’s one of winter’s most-anticipated openings. Income Tax, 5959 N. Broadway St., opens on Tuesday and it’s not a typical wine dive. It’s got some serious backing from a trio of industry veterans with a wealth of experiences from places including Momofuku and WD-50 in New York, as well as Intelligentsia and Independent Spirits. They’ll pair their wines with food influenced by Spain, France, Italy and Germany.
The project started out as a wine bar, but evolved to more of a restaurant. The storefront is non-descript with two simple neon sign aiming to blend in with the area’s businesses, including that of neighboring Andersonville. The space has room for 50, and there’s about 80 bottles of wine to pick from—plus a tidy selection by the glass. The owners promise both famous and obscure wines. The neighborhood happens to be big into sherry, and Income Tax’s cocktail list will oblige. Bartenders will mix drinks with sherry, absinthe, brandy and fruit-based spirits.
The bar is mostly a love letter to the neighborhood from owner Nelson Fitch, who is a former Edgewater resident. There’s plenty of dark woods to create a comfortable tavern-like setting. Fitch is joined by GM Collin Moody and executive chef Ryan Henderson.
Get a preview of the space before it opens at 5 p.m. on Tuesday by looking at the photos below.