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‘A bit of Britain, a glass of Cabernet’

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The Front Room Wine Bar opens in Smithville

By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer

Care for a glass of Goose Sauvignon Blanc, Caposaldo Chianti or an elegant 10-year-old Taylor tawny port on Main Street in Smithville? Then head to the fabulous and recently-opened establishment The Front Room Wine Bar at 116 Main St. Owned by Victoria and Edward Allen of Smithville, the wine bar aims to please wine connoisseurs and causal fans alike as well as “revive the lost art of conversation.”

“This place is for people who love wine and people who want to learn about wine,” Victoria said during a Dec. 17 pre-opening gathering for media and special guests. While an excellent staff served the guests, Victoria pointed out that one of the centerpieces of the exquisitely lighted place is a marble-top bar that draws customers to it right away. The overall look of the room with two-seat wood tables, large cushioned wall chairs for the larger circular tables, and vintage lighting is modeled on a late 1800s British-style pub, Victoria added.

And if last Thursday’s soft opening is any indication – and it surely must be – then customers are going to appreciate the superb service provided by a very focused staff. The staff of the wine bar is managed by Susan Curry, who is also on the board of Smithville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She and Victoria had been “working very closely since April” to get the place ready for opening on  Dec. 18. Victoria, who has lived in Smithville since 1978 and hails from Edinburgh, Scotland, proudly declared during an interview, “I just became a U.S. citizen this week!” Edward is a Smithville native.

Besides the fine wines offered by glass or bottle, the bar also offers craft beers and appetizers. Some of the  craft beers include Leinenkugel Cranberry Ginger (Wisconsin), Snowdrift Vanilla Porter (on draft) and Dogfish Head Midas Touch. There’s also several Shiner beers, Dos Equis, Sierra Nevada IPA and Guinness. There’s also non-alcoholic Sharps beer. Have an appetite? Try the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Baby Beef Wellingtons, shrimp & crab served with red sauce or “Asian Inspiration – a tender dark-meat chicken accompanied by three flakey shrimp rolls.” Cap it off with a dessert – Mini Lave Cake, ‘Cheesecake for Two’, or Crème Brulee. Then, come on back next week and bring your friends before the line goes out the door and winds down to Railroad Park! The Front Room Wine Bar is open Wednesdays through Saturdays – 5-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For further information, contact Curry at 512-237-3626.

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