City Winery, a restaurant, winery and music venue with locations in New York City, Chicago and soon-to-open Napa Valley, has announced the purchase of a warehouse site in downtown Nashville. Situated at 609 Lafayette Street, the new location, according to a press release, will include a 300-seat concert venue, a 125-seat restaurant with private dining and an onsite wine-making facility. Says Michael Dorf, founder and CEO, on bringing City Winery to Music City:
Nashville is the perfect mix of a burgeoning food scene, deep music culture and hungry demographic looking for a higher-end entertainment option. We are very much looking forward to establishing this connection with Nashville.
Back in August, Dorf, in an interview with The Chicago Business Journal, confirmed plans to move forward with the purchase of a Nashville property, as well as acknowledging that wine-making would not be allowed on the premises due to Nashville's liquor laws, stating that they would go ahead and build out the winery while working to change the legislation. Dorf confirms with Eater via email that this is still their intention, with the hope that the laws could be changed in time for the 2014 or possibly 2015 harvests.
· City Winery [Official Site]
· City Winery confirms expansion into Nashville and Napa [Chicago Business Journal]
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