Originally Published: February 11, 2016 5:37 p.m.
There is a place in Prescott where one can go and see a menu that may not always be the same on every visit. That place is Bin 239, 239 N. Marina St., a wine bar and restaurant owned by Kelly and Karen Keller. It's been in Prescott for about 10 ½ years.
The Kellers got the idea to open Bin 239 after coming to Prescott from Scottsdale. Kelly was in the corporate world and wasn't interested in it anymore and the two came up with the idea for what's now Bin 239. The name is derived from the street address as well as wine storage.
"Wines are stored in bins," Kelly said. "Bin numbers correspond to certain wines in the way they're stored. We thought Bin 239 would work; it incorporated wine and the address."
Every day Kelly and Karen work to exceed not only the guests' expectations, but their own, Kelly said. The two don't operate the restaurant on any given day the way they did it the day before and are always seeking to improve, he said. Such improvements could be in everything from the wine list to the menu, but it's to keep things exciting for guests and staff. It's a challenge every day, Kelly said.
However, even though the two of them are challenging themselves every day, they enjoy it, he said.
"We always try to push ourselves to do something different and to be something different every day," he said.
Bin 239 has an average rating of three out of five stars from sites like yelp.com (69 reviews), tripadvisor.com (142 reviews) and zomato.com (eight reviews).
"Great service. Terrific wine list."
"This was my first time here and I loved it ... we are thinking about coming back here again ..."
"One of Prescott's better restaurants."
"If you don't visit this place while in Prescott, you've made a huge mistake,"
"One of the best wine bars in Arizona."
Bin 239 operates with Karen in front of the house with her finger on the pulse while Kelly is in back of the house, overseeing every dish that goes out, Kelly said. With Karen seeing everyone who comes through, it provides an opportunity to meet a lot of people with a lot of different life experiences, she said.
"It's really interesting speaking to a variety of people and what they did in their lives," she said. "I think that's the most pleasant part of it."
Though Bin 239 gets a large number of regulars, Karen and Kelly are never wanting for new diners as Springhill Suites across the street is always sending people their way, Karen said.
There's also a lot of guests who come in and don't even order any wine, Karen said. They just come in for good food, which can be anything from an $8 panini sandwich to a $45 porterhouse steak, she said.
"There's something on the menu for every taste bud and also every financial need," Karen said. "You don't have to come in here and spend a lot of money or you can really treat yourself very nicely."
Bin 239 is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is closed on Sunday and Monday. Find them at bin239.com and reach them at 928-445-3855.
Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2037, or at 928-642-5277.