Bottega patio.

Adrien Aeschliman, far right, chef Sandy Smith, far left, and Bottega staff enjoy the new patio. (July 21, 2014)

This past weekend Bottega held a BBQ party at a new outdoor patio as part of the Artscape festivities. Though it's up in the air, the patio will likely remain open moving forward. We've also received word that they recently purchased a neighboring building, and while it’s not clear what the plans are for it, it's good to know they can now expand or work on a new concept if they choose.

The Station North restaurant — whose tiny indoor space only holds 20 seats — has always been a difficult reservation to get, so here's hoping the outdoor addition (and potential future expansion) makes it easier to eat more often at this down-to-earth Italian gem.