Saturday, September 24, 2005

Welcome to the Jungle- Reno

When I travel I like to experience the local scene. When you’re from the San Francisco Bay Area your expectations run high. While in Reno, on casino row, things have really gone upscale but still lack the urban hip attitude you find in S.F. Fear not, it seems the new Riverwalk in Reno has attracted a number of young entrepreneurs who kick up the local scene. For a number of years we have visited Jungle Java to grab some earth friendly coffee, pastries and such. You could transplant this café to any urban city and it would be an instant success.
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Welcome to the Jungle

On this visit we wandered next door and found an expanded empire. Jungle Vino is much like its sister Java. Beautiful, hip, young people man the full bar. We went during the day so it was a little quiet while I enjoyed some wonderful sangria and my wife quaffed some sparkling wine. A number of great sounding sandwiches are available in both venues. Unfortunately for us we had already eaten when we discovered the bar. The wine list is extensive for a small operation like this. I hear the place is really kickin’ at night.
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Back Bar
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My kinda bicycle

I spoke with Manager Ty Martin who is a veteran of the corporate food and beverage ranks. Mr. Martin is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and clearly enjoys what he does. Great success seems assured. Check this place out. I know I’ll plan more time here on my next visit.

Java Jungle
Jungle Vino
248 W. 1st Street
Reno, Nevada

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