New $1.6 million downtown Reno building will house bakery, butcher, pasta production.
The short version of Reno Provisions is simple: Cafeteria, Market, Retail, Demo, Events, Butcher Shop, Pastry and Bread Production. The long version paints a bold and much deeper picture; one that adds new layers to the sustainable food movement chef Mark Estee presides over in Northern Nevada. This multifaceted property is the first of its kind in Reno and as the city continues to revive and reinvent itself, the downtown location solidifies Reno’s progression as a culinary community.
Cafeteria dining sounds uncharacteristic but the name was purposefully chosen to describe a multitude of menu options, all of which are grab-n-go and maintain Estee’s standard of simple, fresh, seasonal and local. From 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., 7 days a week, guests can dine-in or take-home packaged restaurant staples along with new and craveable additions, each integrating whole animal butchery and root to stalk philosophies. House specials will be featured daily along with deli sandwiches, gelato and cold-pressed juice. Love the tomato sauce at Campo? The homemade pastas, the salad dressings, the pizza dough? Want a Burger Me! bun or house-made salumi at your next party? No problem. The market is stocked with high-quality ingredients so customers have the ability to craft their own dishes at home.
“We cook with spirit and passion,” said Estee. “We seek and share delicious food, we value the products and people who inspire celebration and unite our food chain. There is contagious momentum in Reno right now and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront.”
The ambiance at Reno Provisions is tasteful and sleek with an Art Deco theme that draws on recycled and local pieces. Furniture can easily be removed and re-arranged should the entire 6,000 square feet of floor space need to be transformed for a private event. A $1.6 million renovation was completed to the 1956 building, which among other improvements now has larger windows to highlight the city’s energy and allow for ample natural light. That aside, Estee is committed to morphing with the neighborhood as it changes and evolves.
“Reno Provisions is the culmination of a dream and vision, but this is for our community as much as it is for our team,” explained Estee. “The collective response from our other properties, the ability to collaborate with chefs and local businesses, and the continued relationship building and product sourcing with farmers paved the way for this growth.”
Moving past the market, guests will find a retail area filled with unique pantry items, kitchen tools, cookbooks, and local artisan works. Hand selected by team members of the Local Food Group, Estee’s overarching restaurant brand, Reno Provisions also becomes a go-to for gifts and last minute must-haves.
Directly adjacent to the retail area is the demo kitchen, which features a state of the art cooking facility for recipe testing, education and demonstration, cook-offs, hi-definition filming and more. A hub for culinary creativity, the space will serve up learning opportunities for even the youngest of chefs.
Down a wide set of stairs, inner workings of the entire operation commence: butcher shop, bakery and pasta production. This 12,000-square-foot section of the building vertically integrates the supply chain of Local Food Group establishments, and is where Estee and his team exercise quality control and consistency.
“Reno Provisions is a beginning and final destination under one roof,” said Estee. “Our goal is to adapt and implement the simple principals of vertical integration to food, beverage and service, while creating a first-of-its-kind culinary experience in downtown Reno. It stands as a model of a community working together. We could not be more excited to open these doors.”
He doesn’t have to wait too much longer; the opening date is slated for mid-November — just in time to outsource dishes for holiday gatherings or to book your next party.