FnB's Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic Leave Stetson Drive for Craftsman Court

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Charleen Badman's plate wall at Baratin.

Editor's Note: This post has been edited from its original version.

It's been a fun three-year run, but Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic are pulling up stakes on Stetson Drive. They're moving the tiny restaurant that's won countless local awards, a nod for their dreamy leeks dish in Food & Wine and the undying loyalty of veggie lovers everywhere -- a couple of streets over to Craftsman Court. That's right.The soul of their first wildly successful restaurant and Baratin (the little wine bar no one knows how to pronounce) will soon collide.

See also:
-Braised Leeks Back on the Menu at FnB
-Baratin: Casual Complement to FnB and Simply Stellar Locally Focused Food
-Badman and Milic Move the Bodega into AZ Wine Merchants

Why the move? Cheaper rent and a chance to have all the businesses (AZ Wine Merchants, Bodega, Baratin and the new incarnation of the former FnB) under the same roof, which cuts down considerably on schlepping.

Milic and Badman will vacate the original space on Stetson on December 31 and plan to re-open on Craftsman Court the first week of the new year. But first, Baratin's tiny kitchen must be remodeled (there's nothing much there now but a fridge and a toaster oven) to create a real restaurant kitchen.

By the way, the narrow space to the west of Baratin, which formerly housed the Bodega, will be used as an additional dining room.

So let's see -- we gain a patio (yay!), a 60's-era building with real character and a bit of peaceful seclusion, but we lose that intimate Stetson space and the chance to watch Badman cooking and plating our food. There was something pretty wonderful about that.



Location Info

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Baratin

7121 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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jleonard711
jleonard711

I love the original location, guess I'll have to make one more trip over there before the end of the year! 

templestark
templestark

@FnBAZ It's always good to move on your own terms. If you guys want to do it, it'll work. Lunch and dinner under 2 names?

Kathy Monkman
Kathy Monkman

It's just around the corner inside a cozy courtyard near citizen. Nice change I think! One stop shopping!

SkilletDoux
SkilletDoux

So what's happening with Baratin, exactly?  Is it getting absorbed by FnB?  Will it be Baratin for lunch and FnB for dinner?  Presumably they aren't going to operate two restaurants side-by-side and limit FnB's seating to the old Bodega space.

jmoriarty
jmoriarty

Excellent news! Really looking forward to the new space.

AZnikkib
AZnikkib

 @SkilletDoux Yes, Dom, what you described is the way I understand it: two operations, the one doing lunch, the other dinner. Old Bodega space will be extra dining room for the evening. I'm not sure they have everything worked out in their own heads yet. I mean, two names? Same space? Probably not, but who knows?

 

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