Molto Vino wine bar, shop plans Main Street Lexington spot

A Midlands wine bar and store has established its sights on a new location in downtown Lexington at a assets that was previously the issue of a dispute concerning a nearby church and a now-canceled beer backyard garden task.

Molto Vino, a preferred wine bar that now has two other shops in the Columbia place, teased this week on its social media channels that a new locale would be coming to 102 W. Major St. in downtown Lexington. That locale is straight across from Alodia’s cafe and the town’s Icehouse Amphitheater.

Molto Vino chief improvement officer Tony Carbone confirmed in an electronic mail to The Condition that the wine bar and shop is coming to the Primary Road Lexington internet site. He reported the reaction from nearby inhabitants to the information on social media has been positive.

“When we posted that teaser on (Instagram) this week, we were overwhelmed with the positive responses from the Lexington community,” Carbone explained in the email. “My family and I reside in Forest Acres, but some of our ideal good friends are living in Lexington, so we are there often. Two of my favorite areas to take in are Nicky’s Pizza and Alodia’s.”

An opening date for the Molto Vino in Lexington has not been established, Carbone claimed. Molto Vino has a membership club for wine fans, and Carbone mentioned when the Lexington shop sooner or later opens, the initial thirty day period will probable be only for users and members’ attendees. Molto Vino also provides wine classes and unique situations.

“The identify Molto Vino pays homage to my family’s Italian and Spanish heritage,” Carbone claimed. The enterprise has a proprietary app that permits prospects to obtain machines that dispense the wines at its destinations.

At this time there is a Molto Vino in Forest Acres and a pop-up edition of the store on Devine Road. Carbone indicated the Devine Avenue store would transfer to Lexington.

“Forest Acres is our flagship site and we intend to shift our Devine Road pop-up place to Lexington now that we have signed a long term lease in Lexington,” Carbone wrote in an electronic mail.

The web page at 102 W. Primary St. in Lexington was, in 2021, portion of a contentious discussion in between the then-prepared Navy Yard Biergarten and neighboring St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. The beer garden would have been a multi-faceted facility that would have occupied 11,000 sq. toes of out of doors eating and 8,000 sq. feet for indoor eating, with weekend brunches and an outside stage.

St. Stephen’s formally protested the alcohol licenses for the beer back garden, and the situation was heard in administrative law courtroom. Decide Shirley Robinson eventually ruled in December 2021 that the beer backyard could get its alcoholic beverages licenses. Even so, in April 2022, officials with the Navy Lawn known as off the project at the Most important Avenue spot, citing inflation, soaring expenditures and source chain troubles.

Carbone explained in the e-mail to The Condition that Molto Vino would occupy one of the a few buildings on the home that are for lease. If seeking at the residence from Most important, it is the middle developing, hooked up to the bigger setting up on the corner.

There is a indicator on the window at 102 Major indicating the wine store has utilized for a wine and beer license, with any protests thanks to the point out Department of Revenue by Dec. 23. Carbone claimed his communications with the church have been excellent.

“I have a quite excellent partnership with the leaders of the church,” Carbone wrote. “They appear to value our conversation and don’t feel to have any important concerns with our enterprise system.”

The Condition still left a concept on Friday early morning for St. Stephen’s senior pastor Jason Antley.

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Wine bar and shop Molto Vino is preparing a spot at 102 W. Most important St. in Lexington. Photo by Chris Trainor

This story was at first released December 9, 2022 12:59 PM.

Chris Trainor is a retail reporter for The Point out and has been doing the job for newspapers in South Carolina for extra than 18 many years, like preceding stops at the (Greenwood) Index-Journal and the (Columbia) Totally free Moments. He is the winner of various South Carolina Push Affiliation awards, like honors in column producing, governing administration beat reporting, profile creating, food stuff creating, election coverage, social media and extra.