We opened our doors on Memorial Day Weekend 1992. Owners Mark Pascal and Francis Schott were two friends from Rutgers who had a shared passion for food and a love for the emerging City of New Brunswick. After graduating from Rutgers and working in other restaurants for a few years, they decided to strike out on their own.
Stage Left has always been greenmarket-driven and seasonal, celebrating the best of what’s local. We’ve always sought out estate-bottled wines from small producers, beer and spirits from craftsmen, and made great cocktails with fresh ingredients from scratch. We were among the first restaurants in the state to follow these principles and we are as passionate about them today as we were back in the early 90s.
But above all of these, our primary goal is to be a warm and welcoming place for New Brunswick locals and visitors from the four corners of the planet. Whether it’s a civilized drink and an appetizer at the bar, or a tasting menu in the dining room, we’re always happy to have you.
STAGE LEFT WINE SHOP
Welcome to Stage Left Wine, online. This online wine shop was born in the restaurant cellars of Stage Left in New Brunswick, NJ. Proprietors Francis Schott and Mark Pascal pioneered the cause of estate-bottled wines from small producers way back when the restaurant opened. Back in 1992, it was hard to find wines that were off-the-beaten path, and even harder to get them through the NJ bureaucracy! But, that is what Mark and Francis did.
Now the market is awash in unusual labels and new producers. The problem now is separating the wheat from the chaff, finding the gems, the truly compelling wine that makes you say 'wow' every time. That's what we're here for. Twenty-five years on the forefront of great taste and twenty-five years of relationships put us in a unique position to bring you really compelling wine. Whether it's in the restaurants, at our wine dinners, or here online, this is our passion.