Join us on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings for tapas-style plates throughout the restaurant and at the bar.
Our wine list features vintages from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Uruguay, and the U.S. Our focus is on producers who offer limited production, sustainable farming practices, and traditional winemaking techniques.
Children & Devices
Children are always welcome at MVD. As a reminder, the pace and offerings of the 5-course tasting menu may make it difficult for many children to fully enjoy the experience. As such, we recommend the tasting-menu experience for children of at least 12 years of age.
Handheld cellular devices, while an integral part of life these days, can be a distraction to others in an intimate setting. Many of our diners are celebrating a special occasion or looking for a quiet evening out with friends or loved ones. We ask that guests refrain from cell phone use in the dining room to ensure that everyone gets the most from their experience at MVD.
Origins and Philosophy
Since as far back as the 1960s, the modest plank structure at 128 Parrish St. was a tavern in the heart of the Rolling Mill Hill section of Wilkes-Barre.
Cracker and Helen Williams operated a corner bar there until the early 1970s when they sold their business to Freddy and Sara Abraham. The Abrahams were open for a decade, specializing in Middle Eastern food, including kibbeh, dolmas, tabouleh, hummus, and other specialities, that catered to the ethnicity of many residents in the surrounding neighborhood.
The Abrahams sold the bar in the 1980s to South Wilkes-Barre native Bill Honeywell, who opened Schnapsie’s, which was an early provider of Tex-Mex cuisine in the area. In the mid-1900s, Schnapsie’s gave way to J.K Moose’s Par 4, owned by Brian “Moose” Freeman. Par 4 offered creative food and was a early presence in the craft-beer movement, offering many options from small or little-known breweries both in the U.S. and abroad.
By the mid-2000s, Freeman sold to Fryderyk and Leokadia Wojcik, both natives of Poland, who owned and operated the popular neighborhood tavern, The Frosty Mug, for a decade, selling Polish specialties and cold beer, until Fred’s death in early 2016.
In the fall of 2016, MVD opened on a limited basis for evenings with limited menus and drinks. After an extensive renovation in 2018 and 2019, the restaurant was reborn in 2020 as a destination for special occasions, adventurous eaters, and those seeking to enjoy the freshest ingredients that the region has to offer.
Valeria Sartor, a self-taught chef with restaurant experience in both Washington, D.C., and Northeastern Pennsylvania, with her husband, Sal Deluca, provide a number of distinct experiences throughout the week where guests can enjoy the offerings of each season in the warmth and hospitality of this intimate setting. Whether for lunch, tapas, or tasting menus, dining at MVD is designed to be an opportunity to enjoy great service and the best of local, homemade foods and drinks–free of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides–with friends and family in a memorable setting.