Bottoms Up

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Proposed Danville wine store

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, July 2nd, 2007 at 11:02 am in Uncategorized.

I’m considering a story on the lack of real wine bars in the suburbs when along comes my colleague’s piece in today’s County section. The owners of Bridges restaurant in Danville won’t confirm this yet, but there’s talk of a wine store plus sipping room opening up in the park-like area next to the restaurant, across the street from Corks, another wine retail shop. The planning commission will review the project purely in terms of a retail space on July 10. Until then, nothing is for sure.

Is it me, or wouldn’t it be cool to just get the full liquor license and open up a wine bar, so the people my age lucky enough to afford a home in Danville or San Ramon actually have a place to hang out? You know, since they’ve been to the sports bar and the British pub enough for one lifetime.

Nothing fancy. I mean, don’t get all crazy and open up a sophisticated wine and tapas bar, like Cav, or a themed one like Parea (Greek) or Amelie (French), both in San Francisco. Just a basic spot like Artisan in Walnut Creek, with a few barrel-based tables, 30 or so boutique wines on (Enomatic) tap. You can even serve coffee and dessert if you’re afraid the oenophilia will turn people away. You know how those wine types can be. :)

Ironically, people seem a bit more concerned about what another retail space would do to parking on Hartz Avenue than losing the only open space on the block. Here’s my opinion: If it’s just another merchant selling overpriced bottles of Cabernet and an occasional sip of the sauce, keep the park.

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