Kyle Rea, chief operating officer for Tolles Development Co., builder of the $54 million village, says: "The next 12 to 18 months could be brutal (due to coronavirus pandemic), but we are committed, and we are bullish about what this will be."
"When everything snaps back to life, this is the place people will want to go."
Besides the three new tenants, committed tenants to date are:
◾ Art Obsessions, a fine art gallery and jeweler out of Truckee;
◾ Base Camp Pizza Co. of South Lake Tahoe;
◾ Centro (to be called Centro Due), the California Avenue small plates purveyor;
◾ Chez Vous, the Plumgate center clothier;
◾ Dolce Vita Wellness Spa of South Reno;
◾ Dorinda's Chocolates, a branch of the longtime local family-owned chocolate maker known for its natural ingredients;
◾ Rolled Mountain Creamery from the Powning District near downtown Reno;
◾ Sierra Standard, a steak and seafood spot from Tom Turner, owner of renowned Gar Woods Grill & Pier at Lake Tahoe;
◾ Süp, the Midtown soup-and-sandwich restaurant; and
◾ Village Dental.
A branch of Chase Bank and a 25,000-square-foot office building that will house real estate services also are being built by Tolles, just beyond the village at the eastern edge of Rancharrah.
The restaurants will be opening in Spring 2021.
Perenn Bakery, Grafted Kitchen & Wine Bar, and a market yet to be named (and run by Rancharrah) comprise the trio of new tenants, bringing the total to 13. The neo-rustic haute-farm village, inspired by Napa Valley's Carneros Inn, has room for about 20 tenants.
Exterior construction and landscaping will be finished in about six weeks, Rea said. After that, tenants can begin build-outs, either on their own or in combination with tenant improvements provided by Tolles.
"Because of everything that has happened in the last six months, we're going to have staggered openings."
Perenn will occupy a 3,600-square-foot space, moving production from its storefront bakery in Midtown, which will remain open. Village Perenn will feature breakfast, lunch and retail stuffs (cookbooks, dry goods, prepared foods), along with its bakery items.
"It's what we really wanted to bring to Reno all along," said Aubrey O'Laskey, who owns Perenn with her husband Tyler. " A kitchen where our customers can see the craft that goes behind the baked goods: the mixing and shaping and baking and scoring and proofing and rolling."
Wine bar on one side, restaurant on the other
The site of the future Grafted Kitchen & Wine Bar is under construction at the Village at Rancharrah.
At Grafted Kitchen & Wine Bar, "grafted" refers, on one level, to the process of joining grape vines for propagation. But the name also celebrates the family of owners Jade and Chad Bogan.
"It's the story of adoption, which is grafting children into your family and your family line," Jade Bogan said. She and her husband have six children, four of them adopted.
Grafted's 4,000 square feet incorporates soaring 24-foot ceilings. The place will offer a wine bar and wine retail on one side and, on the other, a restaurant serving re-imagined comfort food - "fried chicken, homemade mac and cheese, with elevated kicks," Jade Bogan said.
Debby Bullentini, a longtime local wine professional, will manage the wine side.
The nameless (for now) market will occupy 3,200 square feet at the eastern end of the village. Plans call for grocery items, grab-and-go prepared foods, and areas to showcase crafts, jewelry, body goods and other products from local artisans.
"It gives them an opportunity to be in the village and expand their offerings and get the word out about their companies" without the expense of a stand-alone booth or store, said Khalilah Cage, marketing manager of Tolles Development.