By Elena Kadvany
First Sunnyvale, then Australia: Mountain View's Le Plonc plots expansionUploaded: Apr 12, 2019
After about a year of operating in downtown Mountain View, wine bar Le Plonc is opening two new locations: one in Sunnyvale and another in Melbourne, Australia.
The 331 Castro St. wine bar is planning to open at 279 W. Washington Ave. in Sunnyvale in May and in Melbourne the following month.
Open and airy: inside looking out at Le Plonc on Castro Street in Mountain View. Photo by Natalia Nazarova.
Kristian Cosentino, owner of The Rusted Mule and the now-closed Dirty Water in San Francisco, opened Le Plonc to serve high-quality, unusual wines at affordable prices. Cosentino left last June, however, "to pursue other opportunities," the Le Plonc team wrote in an email. Dirty Water closed last July; Cosentino told Hoodline at the time that he faced monthly debt payments as much as $45,000 above his cost of operations.
Executive chef Michael Jarrett and general manager Natalie Tran are now overseeing Le Plonc while other owners who have been involved since the beginning continue to run the business — including one who is from Australia, hence the expansion there.
The menu at the Sunnyvale wine bar will largely be the same as in Mountain View with some customizing to that neighborhood, the team said. The spring by-the-glass wines includes four sparkling wines, five whites, one rosé and five reds, including a "standout" Zweigelt made by an Austrian female winemaker, Judith Beck. Plus, there are wine-based cocktails and a few beers.
In addition to wines by the glass and bottle, Le Plonc serves food, from oysters, cheese plates and tartines to a roasted duck confit entree and off-menu white truffle and mascarpone agnolotti.
Le Plonc is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a series of events in April and May, ending with the opening of the Sunnyvale wine bar.