Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wilbo Learns that the Newly Opened Wine & Gourmet Store, Cellar 152, Withstood the @PureMichigan Tempest of August 2, 2015.

River Street has commercial buildings built in the late Nineteen hundreds, and this 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. He asked, "How is the quiche"? It had wonderful crust, just like a well baked pasty. I answered, "As fresh as the establishment that served it". He 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, and that day has already been celebrated in a crowd-sourced book on the storm's effect in 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.

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