Spanish wine bar and mercado

From the opening of Detroit’s Spanish tapas restaurant, La Feria – 4130 Cass Avenue – owners Pilar Baron Hidalgo, Elias Khalil, and Naomi Khalil had always envisioned expanding. In early December they will with the addition of Cata Vino Mercado and Wine Bar, a wine bar and retail shop located in the space adjacent to the restaurant. “We’re really showcasing what Spain has to offer, and that’s a unique offering not only in the region but in the state,” said Elias, who noted this will be Midtown’s first Spanish mercado and wine bar. On the retail side, they will offer wines from Spain and around the world, and items found in a traditional European gourmet market, like olive oil, canned mussels and octopus, and international cheeses, among others. Elias said the food inside the wine bar will showcase items offered in the mercado as well as a variety of Spanish wines. Playing off La Feria’s name – a reference to a festival in Seville, Spain – Cata Vino refers to the glass used to sip manzanilla sherry during the festival. Broken down into “cata” and “vino” it means “to taste wine,” which couldn’t be more fitting.

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Metro Intelligencer is a periodic column about the vibrant and changing restaurant/dining scene in the metro Detroit area, reported/written by Dana Casadei.