By BRAD KELLAR
The same downtown location which once housed a popular winery is about to re-open as a neighborhood gathering place, focusing more on beer and food.
The Corner Street Pub opens for business Friday and is the result of a mother and daughter partnership, although several family members have been involved in the process of creating the club at 2702 Lee Street.
Tracy Bedar, the daughter, has been working in restaurants since she was 15.
“I’ve always wanted my own place,” she said.
Her mother, Carol Mizzola, had been living in the loft apartment above what had been the Blue Armadillo Winery, which closed at the end of July.
When the winery left, the girls saw an opportunity.
“We wanted to try and do something with it,” Bedar said.
Gone are the paintings of wine country and the wine racks behind the bar. Now there are pictures of Elvis, sports, Led Zeppelin, and ZZ Top. In the front of the building Santa Claus stands next to a Harley Davidson.
Mizzola said the idea is to give the local folks a place just to sit and have a good time, day or night.
“We wanted to make a nice, little local place,” Mizzola said, explaining she wants The Corner Street Pub to remind patrons of “Cheers.”
“A local, nice atmosphere is what we wanted,” Mizzola said.
The pub is truly a family affair. An uncle is the kitchen manager. One of Bedar’s brothers-in-law will serve as a bartender while another is in charge of the kitchen. Sisters and friends will help round out the staff.
The pub will be open 11 a.m. until midnight Sunday to Friday and 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. Saturdays. The restaurant will offer soup, salad, sandwiches and pizza for lunch and dinner every day.
The pub will specialize in beers, both draft and craft, along with bottled beers.
There will be game day specials, and sports fans can catch everything from football to UFC matches on the big screen television.
Even so, Mizzola said the Corner Street Pub won’t completely forget its winery roots, as Friendlee, the co-owner of the Blue Armadillo, is scheduled to be on hand on Wednesday nights.
“He will be bringing his porch people in, and his wine group,” Mizzola said.