Two years ago, Patrick Villafane opened The Hop Shop in Plaza Midwood. He wanted the bottle shop and bar (located on Lamar Ave. right behind Moo & Brew) to feel like a coffee shop for beer — “A place you can come and feel cozy,” he said in an interview in 2016.
Late last week, Villafane signed a lease on a space to open Plaza Midwood’s newest wine bar in early summer 2019 at 1319 Pecan Ave. It will replace a former dry cleaner, right behind the Dairy Queen on Central Ave.
He’s calling it ‘The Bohemian.’
“My wife and I love to travel. When we’re on the road, we look for funky, artsy, welcoming spots that make you want to stay a while,” Villafane said. “We moved to Plaza Midwood because it checks those boxes. We want to create a space that embodies that same Bohemian spirit here at home.”
Villafane said that while there are plenty of places where you can grab a glass of wine in Plaza Midwood, there aren’t really any spots in the heart of the neighborhood where wine is the focal point (though there is Cork & Crate further down Central Ave., past Veteran’s Memorial Park).
“There’s such a void for wine in Plaza Midwood,” he said. “There’s a craving for it. The neighborhood needs its own place to be able to congregate around wine.”
The Bohemian will be a full wine bar, offering 15-20 wines by the glass in addition to bottles from around the world — particularly from France, Italy, Spain and the West Coast. There will also be six draft taps dedicated to craft beers.
In terms of food, you can look forward to a menu of small plates including cheese and charcuterie boards, flatbreads and more. Once it opens, Villafane plans to host wine tastings, wine and food pairings and more.
The Bohemian will have an eclectic vibe — don’t expect an uptight, hoity-toity wine bar. There will be a large patio facing Pecan Ave., with garage doors that will roll up when the weather is nice for a cool open-air vibe.
“It’s going to fit the neighborhood. It’s going to be warm, it’s going to be inviting,” Villafane said. “People who just want to get a good glass of wine and don’t care about a white tablecloth: this is your spot.”