Wine bar and pizza restaurant planned for Lincoln Place in downtown Loveland ‘
Upscale casual’ establishment will feature wood-fired pizza oven from Naples
By Craig Young Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
LOVELAND — Two Northern Colorado residents who met in wine school are pouring their love for wine and fine food into a new restaurant in downtown Loveland. Jeff Noffsinger and Suzanne Alley plan to open Origins Wine Bar & Wood Fired Pizza in Lincoln Place this fall, possibly by Thanksgiving.
The 5,500-square-foot space at the southwest corner of Lincoln Place’s ground floor, 500 N. Lincoln Ave., has been vacant since the apartment building opened seven years ago. The new restaurant would occupy about 3,300 square feet.
According to a statement from Noffsinger and Alley, Origins “is about fostering community, conversation and culture through a creative, seasonally inspired menu focusing on wine and food pairing that promotes sustainability with locally sourced ingredients.”
They described the restaurant as “upscale casual.” During a tour of the unfinished space recently, the partners pointed out chalk lines on the floor that denote where each section of the restaurant and bar will be built.
The pizza bistro area, which will have a hand-built wood-fired pizza oven from Naples as its centerpiece, will be family-friendly, the partners said. This is where the pizzaiolo will be tossing the dough and building the signature thin-crust Napoletana-style pizzas.
“There will be an area for kids with low stools where we’ll let them play with pizza dough and keep them occupied while Mom and Dad are having a cocktail,” Alley said.
Origins also will have a large U-shaped bar, a dining area on the Lincoln Avenue side and a comfortable cocktail lounge in the windowed corner.
Noffsinger and Alley also pointed out the “wine hive” area inspired by the hexagonal aluminum wine-rack system of the same name. The partners will play off the honeybee symbolism.
“A beehive is all about working together and building community,” Noffsinger said.
A Wine Library Cellar Room will be reserved for special events, and the partners said they plan to give wine-appreciation classes there.
The two are wine sommeliers — trained in the finer points of the fruit of the vine — and originally planned to open just a wine bar in downtown Loveland. But they saw a need for the kind of food and atmosphere they are planning for Origins, they said.
Besides pizza, they will offer tapas-style plates, salads and Italian-styled paninis.