by: PHOTO COURTESY: MAIN STREET OC - Entrepreneurs Joe and Yvette Kirwin are seen at their new wine bar, Nebbiolo, in downtown Oregon City.This month, tables were set out and shelves were stocked at Nebbiolo in downtown Oregon City.

The refinished space in the old Weinhard Building, 800 Main St., includes a wine bar, gourmet specialties and wine market, European-style deli and bistro. The restaurant takes its name from an Italian grape and occupies 2,000 square feet of renovated space carved out of what was the corner showroom of the Busch Furniture store.

The space feature a full, state-of-the-art kitchen with all the equipment necessary for the production of fresh homemade pastries, breads and desserts, soups, sauces and fresh salads, as well as artisan handmade sandwiches.

The locally owned and operated restaurant will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 5 p.m. to midnight Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday brunch.

Nebbiolo’s Sunday champagne brunch will include what owners Joe and Yvette Kirwin have named “Brave New World Cuisine,” tapas-style plates of regionally inspired ethnic comfort foods from around the world, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.

Nebbiolo also will feature a New York, Italian-style deli and salumeria, boutique market and wine shop offering a casual Old World-style dining and shopping experience. The Kirwins have spent the last 12 months designing, renovating and outfitting the location to fulfill their lifelong dream of owning and operating a family-run restaurant and bar.

The Nebbiolo menu includes a salumeria with cured meats, sausages, cheese, pasta and antipasti. Patrons will be able to dine in or carry out food. Owner-chef Yvette Kirwin also is planning an extensive “Dolce” or dessert menu. Nebbiolo will feature wines from local and international sources.

“Local entrepreneurs Yvette and Joe Kirwin are what make the downtown marketplace unique,” said Lloyd Purdy, director of the nonprofit Main Street Oregon City. “Between the investment in the space by Joe and Yvette and the Busch Family and the hard work of these new business owners, we’re seeing a transformation physically and economically in a prime corner of downtown Oregon City.”

The Kirwins bring more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant business. Both worked at Pastini Pastaria restaurants as director of operations and director of kitchen operations, respectively, prior to pursuing their dream of owning a small, family-run business in their own neighborhood.

“I’m so proud of our family’s selfless contributions of time, passion, creativity and moral support, and I can’t thank them all enough. They have all repeatedly given Yvette and I the strength and courage to continue when we got down and needed a hand, and a smile to lift our spirits and inspire us to keep the dream alive,” Joe Kirwin said. “There is immense satisfaction in actually seeing what was once just a vision and an idea become this physically real thing, and knowing that we did it all ourselves as a family from scratch makes it that much more rewarding. We are so looking forward to sharing our beautiful space, our art and food, and our dreams with folks from all over the surrounding community.”

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