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Riccardo and Marybeth Tarabelsi
Riccardo was born in Florence, Italy and grew up in Boston, MA. Marybeth, a Sioux Falls native, ventured to the east coast as a nanny and then nursing school in Somerville, MA. The two met, fell in love, and became engaged on Martha’s Vineyard island. Moving back to Sioux Falls in 1999, the two have learned the art of hospitality, love the restaurant and wine industries, and are now living the dream.
As owners of R Wine Bar, Riccardo and Marybeth are passionate about one thing: people. They believe that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Every employee at R Wine Bar is hand-picked and personally trained to engage with every guest that walks through the doors. With a curated wine list, local craft beer on tap, and traditional menu strategy, Riccardo and Marybeth are thrilled to bring R Wine Bar to the East Bank of Downtown Sioux Falls.
LEARN, LOVE, LIVE
Pho (pronounced POE) brings a level of creativity to R Wine Bar that is unparalleled. During morning prep hours, Pho can be heard in the walk-in cooler belting arias from his favorite operas and musicals, but during service, Pho is laser-focused on delivering exceptional quality and consistency, executing our menu of shareable appetizers, salads, panini, and desserts. At the same time, Pho creates top-notch weekly features exploring his creative side: everything from unique pasta dishes to flatbreads to beautiful entrees. Pho also customizes menus for private parties and events with Riccardo to create one-of-a-kind experiences. Feel free to say hello to Pho in our open kitchen!
Kira brings an inquisitive youthfulness to her position as Front-of-House Manager. With a penchant for prompt, caring, and elegant service, Kira leads the service team to provide a personable experience to every guest in the restaurant. Whether it’s recommending a glass of wine or local craft beer, or explaining a charcuterie board or one of our sauces made in-house, our servers and bartenders are on one mission: caring for our guests. Kira looks forward to welcoming you to R Wine Bar like you’re family.