Konoba Turns to Menu of Small Plates and Expanded Wine List, New Name

A Croatian restaurant in downtown Huntington has remade itself, changing its menu and its name to match changes in customer interests.

Konoba Huntington, at 46G Gerard St., has become ViNoTEKA 46, turning to a menu with a focus on small plates  of Mediterranean dishes, and an expanded wine lineup, owner Daniel Pedisich said. The restaurant makeover took two weeks and it is now open for service.

The new menu features “Mediterranean style tapas. And  I’ll have an international wine bottle list but will maintain a lot of Croatian wines,” he said. He added that he’s also working with a neighboring business, The Ice Cream Chick, to offer “boozy ice creams” to his customers.

He said the change in menu was at least in part rooted in inflation, with customers moving away from the more expensive full-plate entrees to smaller plates and good drinks. The restaurant will keep some of its Croatian dishes but offer plenty of other options, including cheese and charcuterie platters with Dalmatian fig spread, mediterranean olives, dried apricots and toast; southern fried chicken; lamb meatballs; potato gnocchi; cold salads and tacos. It will continue to offer a lineup of large-plate entrees.

Konoba opened its doors in February 2019. “We were looking at the restaurant; it was three and half years old. It needed something,  instead of just new paint. We decided to start a new place, with a new concept. People can come in and order one small plate or a bunch, with an average price of $15 or $16, so they’re more in control of spending, have a glass of wne and a small plate. It allows us to be more creative. We can put out more dishes, faster, so people can have some thing quick before seeing a movie” or other entertainment,” Pedisich said.

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