Cellar 152 Wine and Gourmet Market
In downtown Elk Rapids, River Street has commercial buildings built in the late Nineteen hundreds, and these two and three story storefronts have become convenience stores, breakfast joints, boutiques, interior design studios and even gourmet food and wine shops. I read bits of this and that compulsively as I walk a town, and Cellar 152 has a fascinating story. I had a freshly made quiche this morning at the wine bar and avoided the wine as it was hardly noon yet. The host had willingness and ableness to serve me a pour from an impressive wall of bins. She agreed to give me water instead. She asked, "How is the quiche"? It had a wonderful crust, just like a well-baked pasty. I answered, "As fresh as the establishment that served it". She laughed. A paper awaited a reader, a copy of a recent edition of the Grand Traverse Herald. The Business section praised the establishment for rebuilding the building and for making furniture out of wood reclaimed during interior demolition. The food and drink had pleased the writer too. I hoped I hadn't mucked up the copy the owners planned to frame for the wall! The grand opening took place on the afternoon of August 2, 2015. That day has already been celebrated in a crowd-sourced book on a storm's effect upon Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties, a book called Storm Struck. The authors are making the rounds of the Horizon Books chain. The storm couldn't upset the guests at Cellar 152 as the old structure had weathered the rain and wind of many decades. Now strengthened with steel pillars, the party inside went on fascinated and untrammeled.