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Let’s be clear: Environmental ruin, depletion of species and climate change are serious issues that deserve our immediate attention.
But new Rhodora Wine Bar’s “entirely waste-free” agenda seems less about saving the planet than it is about saving its owners a fortune on food and labor.
Eliminating the kitchen altogether, serving food out of tins — that’s one way to cope with the higher minimum wage.
Rhodora’s mission statement is full of sanctimonious shtick: No waste of energy or natural resources! No paper in the house except for toilet tissue! No single-use plastic containers! No “industrial” wine!
The biggest waste is that of a nice Fort Greene corner that was previously home to Metta, a cozy wood-fire cafe owned by Oberon Group, the same team that recently relaunched it as Rhodora.
I reviewed Metta favorably. But alas: In striving to be carbon neutral, it almost asphyxiated neighbors with greasy smoke billowing into apartment windows.
The FDNY came when flames broke out in the ductwork. The city’s Department of Environmental Protection slapped the place with a $1,280 fine for dirty kitchen exhaust, as The Post also reported.
Rhodora has eliminated all traces of Metta’s wood-fired adventure. The notorious, flame-spewing “vertical fire box” is gone from what is no longer an open kitchen.
Worse, this place isn’t only waste free — it’s almost food free, unless your idea of a feast is Spanish- and Portuguese-style fish and shellfish ($10-$24) served out of oil-packed, easily recyclable aluminum cans.
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