Kelly & Denny Sharp
Vino209 Wine Bar & Bistro is locally owned and operated
Kelly owned and operated Heart of Iowa Market Place in Historic Valley Junction for 8 years and sold it in February to her daughter-in-law Abby Sharp. Her love for the district and desire to see it continue to grow and draw visitors led her and her husband to develop this exciting new Wine Bar & Bistro concept, which she felt was a missing element in the restaurant offerings in the area.
Denny Sharp is the President of FEH Design, a local Architecture, Structural Engineering and Interior Design firm with offices in Des Moines, Dubuque, Sioux City and Wisconsin. As an Architect, he felt it was important to be respectful of the 100 year old building in terms of design and bring back as many of the historic elements as possible when designing the new Bar/Bistro. He also loves this district and the wide variety of activities and events that are held each year in the district and is excited to have the Wine Bar & Bistro be able to complement these events.
Architects Cory & Denny Sharp, along with Interior Designer Michelle Crambilt took special care to showcase the historic aspects of the building, using the natural brick as a major design element. The stunning modern bar brings forth the space the sleek sophisticated element that Owner, Kelly Sharp was seeking. The moveable front doors will allow for the patrons to feel part of the fabric of the district and what is happening on the street.
Andrew Phelps relies equally upon his childhood memories of family meals and gatherings, along with his professional kitchen experience to create his European inspired menu at Vino209.
Classically trained and taught in Denver, Colorado’s hotel and fine dining scene, Andrew applies those techniques to the flavors he loved and appreciated as a child. The remarkably fresh ingredients Iowa has to offer has allowed him to showcase his talents offering a wide selection of European inspired dishes that complement Vino209’s evolving and diversified wine menu.
Food & Beverage Manager
Caitlyn has been in the food and beverage industry for over ten years now with experience in just about every position this industry has to offer. Her background working for country clubs, corporate hotels and large catering companies brings an enormous amount of knowledge and leadership to Vino209. Not only does Caitlyn manage the day to day operations, ensuring customers receive an exceptional experience, she coordinates and plans private events for clients year-round.
Caitlyn’s passion and understanding of global wines has led to the development of Vino209’s extensive wine list. Working alongside her husband, Chef Andrew, in a smaller and more intimate restaurant is exactly what she was looking for when moving back to her home state of Iowa from Denver, Colorado.