Look inside the new JJ’s, opening this week

June 11, 2018

Retail sales will start Wednesday at the new JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars, with the rest of the business opening by the end of the month.

The new space along 57th Street between Western and Louise avenues will include room for events, a cocktail lounge and a patio.

First, though, the enlarged adult-beverage area is opening.

“My wholesale partners and my employees, everybody has been absolutely phenomenal,” owner Tom Slattery said of getting the new store ready.

The space includes a climate-controlled wine cellar, expanded beer cooler with a designated craft beer area and more room for popular products such as wine in a can.

“We needed more space, and we wanted to create a more shopable experience,” Slattery said.

The event facility is about 1,200 square feet and will include a 75-inch television for presentations.

“We’ll be doing wine dinners. We’ll be renting it out for people who want it for rehearsal dinners,” Slattery said. “We’re going to do movie screenings in here. We’re going to do all kinds of cool things in here.”

The cocktail bar will open June 27 and be “a cool concept,” Slattery said. “We’ll be doing cutting-edge cocktails … and some small plates. We do have a full-service kitchen, which is going to service The Boozy Bakery and JJ’s.”

His wife, Jean, has been in the food business for 13 years. While the plan isn’t to do a full-service restaurant, there will be a wide variety of baked goods served on site and to go as well as appetizers.

The patio with a fire pit and pergola can accommodate up to 50 people.

“It’s been just a wonderful project. It’s been really cool to have people engaged in the development of the project.”

Slattery also will continue to lease his old location near 57th and Western. He’s finalizing the details, but the idea involves creating a “beer hall” where people can stock up on popular selections similar to a wholesale club. It also will have an entertainment component.

Hours at the new location will be 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

 

Look inside the new JJ’s, opening this week

Retail sales will start Wednesday at the new JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars, with the rest of the business opening by the end of the month.

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