It’s time for some wine

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Local Grounds continues to prove it’s more than a coffee shop, it's a business that aims to bring services found nowhere else in West Liberty.

The coffee shop will open a wine bar this Saturday, providing wine and Iowa craft beers in a friendly atmosphere that encourages community and conversation.

"We understand it won't appeal to everyone, but I like the idea of bringing something to town that can't be found anywhere else in West Liberty," said owner Rob Krysh.

He's always had the idea of bringing a wine bar to the location. Its grand opening will be Saturday from 5-10 p.m. Hours for the bar will occur for only two days at first, Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m.

Local Grounds is a popular coffee spot during the morning in West Liberty. It also serves lunch when noon rolls around.

During the wine bar hours it will focus on finger food; however, it won't serve liquor. The wine station is meant purely for talking and hanging out. If anything, a friendly and sophisticated atmosphere will be the wine bar's speciality.

While he won't serve any locally made wines at first, Krysh plans to look into the possibility. The beer, however, will be locally brewed.

Wine will be available by the glass or by the bottle. Costumers will also have the chance to sample the wines before they buy.

Krysh has had plenty of experience when it comes to selling alcohol. He thinks the addition of wine and beer is a comfortable fit for the coffee shop.

"Running the wine bar is something that comes pretty natural to me," he said. "I've worked and run many bars before this. It's a pretty natural fit, coffee sells in the morning and wine sells at night."

While it may be a small endeavor at the moment, plenty of talk has circulated about the opening. Krysh believes he will provide West Liberty with another great opportunity.

"I'm excited about opening it," he said. "I think there's a pretty large group of people that will not only support me, but will enjoy it."
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