New York-Based City Winery to Open Restaurant, Music Venue in SoBro

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City Winery, an "urban winery" and nightlife spot with locations in New York and Chicago, has purchased a warehouse on Lafayette Street in SoBro with plans to turn it into a winery, restaurant and 350-seat music venue, opening by September 2014.

The company had announced months ago that it was looking for a Gulch location for its Nashville outpost. But in the end it went for a 30,000-square-foot warehouse space at 609 Lafayette St., near Seventh Avenue, which is part of the former Sears complex downtown.

The company press release notes that the location is two blocks from the Music City Center and one block from Jack White's Third Man Records.

Part of City Winery's concept is "concert dining," combining fine dining and live music, something that's actually not that common in Music City. A glance at the music schedule for the Chicago location reveals it's currently hosting a multi-night stand from Poi Dog Pondering, and Los Lobos will be performing on New Year's Eve. Prince performed an after-hours set at the Chicago location in June.

My colleague William Williams reports more on the City Winery deal over at Nashville Post.

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