Just weeks before opening, the owners of Al Di Là's new Washington Avenue venture have chosen a name: Bar Corvo.
Just this morning the trio of owners settled on the choice as a nod to the neighborhood's history
"Corvo is Italian for crow," said co-owner Jacob Somers, Al Di Là's manager.
"Before it was called Crown Height it was called 'Crow Hill' so it's just out of respect," he said, adding that the crow theme allowed for all sorts of fun design elements.
Although the restaurant has "bar" in the title, Somers says that was chosen to indicate a casual, neighborhood environment in contrast to Al Di Là's more upscale tone.
He said it will first and foremost be a restaurant and won't have a big drink list, or a "bunch of beers on draft." Nor will it be open past 11 p.m.
The name also reflects an interior design choice: there will be a large marble bar open to the kitchen, where people can sit, have a drink or coffee and talk to the chef, Somers said.
Bar Corvo is still waiting for approval for the full liquor license from the New York State Liquor Authority, he said.
However, since the previous tenant, Teddy's, had one and since Community Board 8 voted to support the license in October, it seems likely it will be approved.
Like the popular Al Di Là Trattoria in Park Slope, Bar Corvo will also serve Italian cuisine, but with a more relaxed, menu with lower priced options, Al Di Là’s chef and co-owner Anna Klinger last month.
“We’re going to loosen the parameters a little bit so there will be a little bit more room to play,” she said.
Klinger co-owns Bar Corvo with Somers, Al Di Là's manager, as well as Emiliano Coppa, her husband and Al Di Là co-owner.
The new menu will have such Al Di Là favorites as individual lasagnas and the tagliatelle al ragu, but Bar Corvo will have some new options, such as a roasted pork shoulder sandwich and macaroni and cheese for the kids, Klinger said.
Somers said he hopes to open the restaurant sometime in January, starting with dinner every night but Tuesday. After things get going the restaurant will add in weekend brunch and weekday lunches.
Eventually Somers expects the restaurant, located at 791 Washington Ave. (at Lincoln Place), to be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends.
"We'll do it in stages," he said.