Adnan Daken is the owner and wine buyer for newly opened Internos Larkspur,
specializing in small-production wines and craft beer. A long-time restaurateur in San Francisco, he is loving being part of the Marin community. The following is an interview with him.
What do you do? I recently opened Internos Beer & Wine Bar in Larkspur. I have spent my career in the wine and restaurant business, and I enjoy introducing people to new things that can become a favorite.
Where do you live? I live in Larkspur, just off the main downtown area.
How long have you lived in Marin? After many years in San Francisco, I moved to Marin two years ago.
Where can we find you when you’re not at work?
I enjoy being out in the neighborhood. My favorite coffee shop is Equator, and go-to restaurants are Perry’s and Picco.
If you had to convince someone how awesome Marin was, where would you take them?
Marin has so much to enjoy outdoors. I would take them for a bike ride along the water through Tiburon to Sausalito. Then enjoy a nice lunch at La Garage or Poggio before biking back. And end the day with a glass of wine at Internos!
What is one thing Marin is missing?
We are lucky that Marin has so much to offer, but I wish we had more spots for craft cocktails.
What’s one bit of advice you’d share with your fellow Marinites?
As a small business owner, I know the importance of the community. While I have my favorite places, I like to try new spots and frequent small businesses. It’s what keeps the community vibrant.
If you could invite anyone to a special dinner, who would they be?
My Mom, who passed away a few years ago. I would love one more dinner with her.
What is some advice you wish you knew 20 years ago?
Don’t be afraid to take chances, focus on what you really want to do and make it happen.
What is something that in 20 years from now will seem cringeworthy? That people are so attached to their screens, it can be the only way they can communicate. While technology enhances our lives in many ways, having a conversation with someone directly is the best way to make a real connection.
Big question. What is one thing you’d do to change the world? It’s a simple thing, but remind everyone that we are all more alike than we think. I was born and raised across the globe and see more that unites us than anything else.
Keep up with Internos on Instagram @internoswinebar.
Nish Nadaraja was on the founding team at Yelp, serves on the San Anselmo Arts Commission and attempts to play pickleball at Fairfax’s Cañon Club.