By Kevin Collison
The Pairing Wine & Grocer has opened in the East Crossroads, and proprietor Mat “Slim” Adkins wants the combination wine bar, specialty grocer and liquor store to become a neighborhood hangout.
“We’re still very much a liquor store, but also want it to be a fun place where you can come in and try most everything on the floor as far as wine and food,” he said.
The new business at 1615 Oak is still ramping up its inventory, it’s at about 75 percent now, but the rustic wine bar already provides a place where you can match your $15 wine flight with a $10 cheese board and while away the time.
The bar was fashioned with reclaimed barn wood to create a rustic, but modern vibe. It also features a large, striking painting done by Adkin’s late uncle, Clifford Dale Smith.
A glass of wine goes from $6- to $9, and The Pairing will open any bottle for a customer if they promised to buy at least two glasses. A bottle can be purchased and drunk on the premises for a $10 corking fee.
Paired with the wines is a gourmet selection of cheeses and charcuterie sold at the specialty grocer. Also available are such treats as fancy jams and jellies, Bloody Mary garnishes, chocolates and candied fruits.
The remainder of the specialty grocery inventory is expected to be fully stocked by the grand opening at the end of January.
At this point, the only adult beverages The Pairing can serve on premise are wines and hard ciders. Adkins said his place hopes to be able to serve beer as well at some point.
“We wanted an old-fashioned market with a modern twist,” he said.
The Pairing can seat 30, but the overall 3,000 square-foot space can accommodate 68 people.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, and closed Mondays.
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