With the Sherry Wine Bar and Lounge opening before and after Thanksgiving, the East Bank of the Flats welcomes the first wine bar. The project is about two years old and is being piloted by Merrick Wolstein and Amanda Chamoun.
“We were both very lucky to be able to travel a lot, so we got a lot of inspiration from places in Europe and around the world,” explains Walstein.
Sherry, also known as the “Sweetheart,” will be “a chic, romantic and intimate space,” Walstein said. The interior is inspired by luxurious European spots. It has velvet lounge-style seating, chaise lounges, chandeliers, a wealth of fixtures and finishes, but also a whimsical touch like a swing seat.
The 3,000-square-foot space (including the patio) is near the Lindy’s Lakehouse and faces the river. The garage door opens, creating indoor and outdoor bars. Eating includes a selection of small dishes such as charcuterie, flatbread, shrimp cocktails, tuna tartare, beef carpaccio and shareables. But the main focus will be on wine head-on, Walstein adds.
“I always thought I needed something here that I had never seen before. It’s a unique thing, different from what’s here,” he says. “There is no wine bar here.”
The wine menu is curated by Wine Access outside California. Expect a wide range of styles available for flights, glasses and bottles. This booklet contains detailed information about wines, winemakers, regions and tasting notes.
“It’s a French-style lounge, but we really want people to have the opportunity to learn about different wines and expand their tastes,” says Walstein.
A full-fledged bar serving craft cocktails opens the lounge to more than curious people.
“We wanted to create a good place to go for happy hour, date nights and nightcaps,” says Walstein. “I wanted a place where people could network and feel like they had moved somewhere in Europe.”
Sherry Wine Bar and Lounge Opens in Flat East Bank This Fall
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