Knee High, a wee bar in the space on Olive Way formerly occupied by Il Forno pizza, has been in previews for the past week, but opens officially tomorrow night.
I stopped by a couple of days ago to meet owners/professional adorable people Michelle and Jack Valko, who modeled Knee High on the speakeasies of New York City and the many international neighborhood joints they haunted in their pre-parenthood globetrotting days. Jack gutted the pizzeria kitchen and built a new bar, painted the walls pretty shades of rose and blue, and hung a heavy black curtain just inside the entrance for maximum underground effect.
The menu is made up of small plates that range in price from $3 (spiced nuts) to $8 (corned beef and cabbage), a mix of original and classic cocktails (between $5-$9), four wines for $6 a glass, and an awesome list of beers which includes Lev Lion lager from the Czech Republic.
The Valkos are looking to cultivate a conversation spot that’s a little bit more low-key than the bars up the hill. Stop by there tomorrow to see what you think.