By John Lynds
Last Tuesday evening, the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association voted in favor of allowing the owner of Vine and Barley to seek a full liquor license from the state for his Sumner Street store.
Nick Patel took over the small convenient store at 326 Sumner St. several years ago and turned the once unassuming neighborhood corner store into a more attractive storefront and added beer and wine. After Patel attained a beer and wine license and rebranded the store Vine and Barley the store quickly became a hit in the Jeffries Point neighborhood.
Vine and Barley attracted customers from all over the neighborhood as residents flocked to Patel’s store to stock up on local craft beers and high-end wines.
At last week’s meeting, Patel said he was simply building on the store’s success by seeking a full liquor license.
“This is something our customers have been asking for,” said Patel.
Patel said he has attained more than 550 signatures in support of the proposal.
Like Vine and Barley’s craft beer and wine selection, Patel said he would focus on offering more small batch craft liquors that are more high end and harder to find. These would include a wide array of locally distilled spirits that are becoming more popular.
Patel added that he is in the process of planning a renovation and expansion of the store that would include a cheese section as well as other gourmet snacks with a vision of making Vine and Barley a boutique liquor store.