Family plans wine bar downtown
A family business has received a local approval to open a wine bar in downtown Grand Rapids.
Jim Lynch and Patty Lynch, along with their daughter, Emily Lynch, owners of Kaltic Liquors, plan to open House of Wine, at 53 Monroe Center Street NW.
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, recently approved their request for a liquor license, and the family is now in the process of gaining city and state approvals.
The Lynches are currently in the process of gaining full approval and anticipate opening in May.
“This is something new to us,” Jim Lynch said. “Certainly, we all enjoy drinking wine.”
The Lynch family is leasing the location, which is in the same building as Grand Central Market, Jimmy John’s and Brick and Porter.
“We’re very excited to have them there,” said Jeff Edwards, real estate development project executive, Rockford Construction, and owner of the building. “It’s the last of the vacant tenant space.”
The location was formerly two separate store properties, which the Lynches plan to convert into separate bar and retail sides with an opening to connect them.
The Lynches plan to offer a wide variety of wines, either by the glass or for tasting. Selections will be hand picked among Michigan, national and international varieties.
“Michigan has a lower population of wine drinkers than the rest of the country,” Jim Lynch said. “There were not a lot of wine bars around Michigan, but they’re popping up now.”
The bar side will also have a kitchen with an initially small menu.
Via Design is the architect on the project.
Rockford Construction is the contractor on the space’s build out.