Never mind that wine bars the Wine Bucket, the Corkscrew, and the Tasting Room in Midtown have all been poured down the drain since January. Krutar Patel says he’s planning to open his brand new wine bar, Winetopia, this May. He’s already added his placard to the giant brick sign in front of the Fairmont on San Felipe at 6363 San Felipe.
The midrise apartment complex with a retail center on its ground level is already home to a martial-arts studio and a Subway. Winetopia will sandwich itself between the two businesses. Patrons will be able to stumble upstairs to their apartments or, if necessary, to the 24-hour St. Luke’s Community Emergency Center in the same center, conveniently located just yards away.
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Patel doesn’t know how other wine bars have survived, calling some of them “overpriced” and “too commercialized.” He says he’ll offer wines “you can’t find at H-E-B or Specs” with a majority of them priced below $25. He’ll also offer wine flights and cold plates. And he says the bar will feature lovely Tuscan-inspired interiors.
- About Winetopia [Winetopia]
- Closures pop cork on wine bar sector consolidation [Houston Business Journal]
- Previously on Swamplot: Fairmont on San Felipe: Stacked! and The Fairmont on San Felipe: Close Enough for Comfort
Photos: Melinda Merola