City Winery, NYC, 2009 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Like BrooklynVegan, the NYC-based City Winery (a music and wine venue we are big fans of) is setting up shop in Chicago....
A New York-based restaurant, winery and concert venue plans to open its second national location next spring in the West Loop, where its ownership is under contract to buy a nearly 28,000-square-foot property.And speaking of things that started in NYC and then opened in Chicago, our good friends at Curbed (where we found the above article) are looking for a new editor for Curbed Chicago. Any real estate experts in the house?
The venture of Michael Dorf, who opened City Winery in Manhattan in January 2009, plans to buy the 20,000-square-foot building and adjacent 7,875-square-foot lot at 1200 W. Randolph St.
Backed by local and New York investors, City Winery Chicago plans to spend about $3 million to upgrade the property, formerly the site of a food warehouse, Mr. Dorf says. He did not disclose how much the venture is paying but says he expects to close in October.
The property was most recently listed for $3.5 million, according to real estate data provider CoStar Group Inc. Robin Wold bought the building for $800,000 in 1996, according to public records.
City Winery Chicago will feature a winery and tasting room, a restaurant that seats 150, and a concert hall and private event space with seating for 300. In front of the building, there also will be a 5,000-square-foot outdoor wine garden for warm-weather months.
Live music is a key component in an area heavy on fine dining but light on entertainment variety. [ChicagoRealEstateDaily]