José Garces is opening up something in the Western Union building (at 11th and Locust), and his new something involves the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. That’s right — as part of a wider effort to rebrand its image, the PLCB will be pairing up with notable chefs and restaurateurs to open a handful of boutique wine stores, aiming to give oenophiles a more personal experience. (The Philadelphia location will be the first.) The specialty stores, whose inventories will include a few hundred bottles of wines not available in traditional Wine & Spirits stores, will hold tasting events and have a highly trained staff to help you find that perfect Pinot.
So where does José come in? This 600-square-foot boutique wine shop will actually be a corner of a concept from Garces that involves cheese, dessert, and of course, wine, where you can either eat there or take stuff to go. Look for a summer opening.