"It’s tiny," says part-owner Sarah Munson, speaking of the second location of the Local Vine, currently under construction at 524 University Terrace.
Munson and her partner Allison Nelson have dispatched local architects Graham Baba to design the wee wine bar. (They did Staple and Fancy and Revel; check out this profile from The Seattle Times’s Nancy Leson to learn more.) Though wine will be the specialty of the house, Local Vine 2 will be open to people of all ages—smart move considering the stroller-happy situation at the upscale outdoor mall.
Guaranteed street traffic was a natural draw, of course, but Munson also noted that there wasn’t currently a spot at U Village where shoppers could pop in for a bottle to go or linger over a glass, and that the new LV would remedy that. She also hopes to host a lot of tastings beginning with some holiday-related happenings this fall. Look for a schedule on the Local Vine website within the next month.
The first Local Vine—a hybrid wine bar and retailer—was in Belltown, but Munson and Nelson were forced to move when their building was condemned. They opened a new location on Capitol Hill last August. That space is currently 21 and over, but Munson says she and Nelson are considering installing a barrier that would allow it to be all ages as well.
The Local Vine’s University Village location should be open my mid-fall.