This New Bern wine bar, bistro brings “flare” with rare wines

Two suburban Philadelphia natives are opening a new restaurant in the Greater Five Point neighborhood of New Bern, bringing their flavor of Italian and American cuisine to the area.

Michael and Brooke Lynch recently held a pre-opening for their new business, Cork Wine Bar & Bistro, located at 319 Bern St.

The couple moved to New Bern in 2016 after taking a new role with their company and were transferred to work at ECU Health in Greenville.

Michael Lynch will be the executive chef. He started cooking at a very young age and has worked in restaurants since the age of 15. He was the executive chef and director of a prestigious catering company before moving to the corporate side of food working in healthcare, country clubs and yacht clubs, according to their website. He was also the former executive chef of Taberna Country Club.

“We always talked about doing our own thing,” Brooke Lynch said. “We started looking in 2020 but couldn’t find anything, then this location became available, we checked it out and here we are.”

Lynch said he was pleasantly surprised while working on getting the location ready for business.

“The City of New Bern and everyone we’ve dealt with has been wonderful,” she said. “They want to see us succeed.”

Cork Wine Bar and Bistro is located at 319 Bern St.

The bistro will offer a Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a selection of various dishes to choose from such as crab benedict, shakshouka, lobster macaroni and cheese, wings and waffles and much more. They also plan to have blues and jazz concerts on Sundays.

“We want to stay in this genre of music,” said Brooke Lynch. “Hopefully we’ll have someone here every Sunday.”

The lunch menu will include Italian hoagies, chicken cutlets and gourmet grilled cheeses. Small plates such as seafood, burgers, charcuterie boards, pasta dishes and heavy entrees will also be available. For a full menu, visit their website.

Beer and wine are available by the glass and bottle. They will offer boutique wines, organic, vegan and bio-dynamic wines and a fine selection of Italian and French wines

“We’ll have wines you won’t find in stores,” Brooke Lynch said.

The store will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Friday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. It will be closed from Tuesday to Wednesday.

For more information, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Shirley M. Pinder