Possible wine bar!?!?!?

I thought I read in the Tribune that there may be a wine bar moving in downtown? Does anyone know about this? That would be awesome if it did. The wine crowd in Duluth seems to be regulated to the Gitch wine club and a few fellow wine drinkers. If anyone knows anything about this, I would be interested.

27 Comments

markm

about 13 years ago

If I remember right, it was Rod Raymond and his partner looking to put a wine bar in the basement of the Old Town Hall.

Bret

about 13 years ago

markm remembers correctly.  http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/image/id/42013/headline/A%20wine%20bar%20here%3F/

Bret

about 13 years ago

There is Bellisio's as well as Midi and Chester Creek Cafe.  But one more couldn't hurt!

Calk

about 13 years ago

Wow, this town is getting cooler and cooler!  I love my neighborhood wine bar at Chester Creek Cafe, it's like Cheers. . .  it's very cozy and the wines are always fabulous.

adam

about 13 years ago

And that new Norwegian topless place.

TopOfTheHillMan

about 13 years ago

ahhh, I beleive that is TAPPIS, Adam... Chester Creek/At Sarah's Table is fab.  Love it after a UMD event or a concert.  Always quiet and although the selection is small wines are good. ALTHOUGH (are you reading this At Sarah's Table owners?) they close too early.  You don't need to stay open until 2am (although...) but at least 11?!?!? Just late enough for a post concert cab...

Admackbar

about 13 years ago

Another place for Rocket Rod the Bod to hit on women!  How cool is that!

carla

about 13 years ago

Ok yes I read that (we close too early).
Our wine bar rush seems to be over at around 7:30.
But we do have a new person (Charity) who is booking some music.
What time do you feel is prime wine bar time?
CB

Barrett Chase

about 13 years ago

This post needs more punctuation.

Chris

about 13 years ago

I've heard rumors that the parents of a certain VIP on this board have a very wide selection of MD 20/20.  It's not exactly Sarah's Table, and there's no topless Norwegians, but for West Duluth it ain't to shabby.

vicarious

about 13 years ago

The new owners of Lake Avenue Cafe' will be installing a bar soon.

Bret

about 13 years ago

Tell me more about this new ownership of Lake Avenue Cafe of which you speak.

Paul Lundgren

about 13 years ago

The new owners of Lake Avenue Cafe are Mark Swenson, Derek Snyder and Michael Schraepfer.

vicarious

about 13 years ago

Derek Snyder, Mark ??, and Micheal "Cheeks" Schrempfer are the new owners.

Mark and Derek are doing the day-to-day thing. 

Derek is a wine/food freak. Mark is a manager-extraordinaire, and Cheeks can build/fix anything.

I helped them remodel last week...you should stop in and check it out, it's beautiful. The tables are gorgeous reclaimed wood from Duluth Timber; hand cut, sanded, and biscuit-jointed.

The menu will be slowly changing. Don't worry, though - the favorites from the old menu will be kept.

There will soon be a rock-base lunch counter, as well as a 6-8 seat bar in the back corner.

Bret

about 13 years ago

Thanks!  Is this the "Lake Effect Restaurant" - the concept that was planned for next to the Fetus?  In any event, it sounds great.  I may drive down and check it out this weekend.

From 2006 PDD: " I am happy to announce that this fall I, Vicarious and my partner Derek Snyder, will be opening a new restaurant next to to Fetus Vinyl Room. It will be called The Lake Effect, and will serve Old World, high-quality (local, organic when possible) French and Italian fare with a modern, regional flair. Our chef is coing from Portland, our wines from Italy and France, and our desserts from heaven. We will have a small bar with 8 barstools and 15-18 tables, plus outdoor HEATED seating. Stay Tuned!"

Calk

about 13 years ago

Damn, Duluth is getting cooler and cooler by the day! Good luck to this new venture. Lake Ave Cafe is the very first restaurant Mr. Calk and I dined at when we moved to the Twin Ports many moons ago, so it has a special place in my heart.

vicarious

about 13 years ago

Yep, it's Lake Effect. Not sure yet if the name will change from Lake Avenue Cafe.

vicarious

about 13 years ago

Sorry to have sorta high-jacked the thread...

Chris

about 13 years ago

Didn't realize that a PDD regular was involved when the new owners came and talked to the city liquor board a couple months back about the transfer of the license.  The changes you guys are making sound pretty exciting.  Good luck!

vicarious

about 13 years ago

I'm only involved on the periphery, helping out where I can.

mk

about 13 years ago

Okay wait, I'm confused. 

So new owners to LAC.  Are they opening a second location (different name) next to the Fetus while keeping the location at DeWit Seitz?

I love this town.

vicarious

about 13 years ago

OK. There are new owners of LAC. One of the new owners of LAC was going to open a restaurant next to the Fetus. Instead, he partnered with Mark and Cheeks and bought LAC.

krlars

about 13 years ago

Carla, an 11 pm would be nice.  We tend to go out after 9 pm as that's when the younger boy is in bed and the older boy is now responsible enough to stay home with him.  We stopped by one night about 10 minutes after you closed (9:10 pm???  Don't remember for sure.)  But 11 pm would capture that post UMD theater/concert crowd also.  If you had live music, all the better.

Calk

about 13 years ago

CCC wine bar had live music several times last summer, it was pretty fabulous. I hope they do try to have live music in there this winter.

Bret

about 13 years ago

I caught Lisa Kane playing her great music at CCC a month or so ago.  Good stuff!

gingerbliss

about 13 years ago

Hey Carla, I think later is better too, and Lisa Kane was awesome at the CCC.  I love the wine bar there, but it could be open later.  What would you do for food though?  Kitchen closes at 9.

Topofthehillman

about 13 years ago

Clara!  You do listed to your peeps!  11 PM would be good.  12(the later you're open the more I drink!)would be divine.  I love your wine bar.  Small. Intimate.  Perfect apres' symphony, UMD event, Matiness Musciale, etc etc, etc  venue. and for anyone who lives east, its on the way home! Could you do a few snacks and freeze them and the bartender could mircrowave them? Stuffed mushrooms come to mind-freeze well, BTW...) I wanted to have my 50th birthday there, but alas friends surprised me with another venue.

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