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Owners decide to close Vino di Amore

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 | Posted by

VinodiAmorephotoCiting the lack of tourism and current ABC licensing restrictions among the primary reasons for their decision, owners Ted and Deanna Starr decided to close Vino di Amore this past weekend.

When it opened in 2011, Vino di Amore was billed as the first wine tasting room in downtown Cloverdale. Over time, it evolved to include serving weekend dinners prepared by Patti & Friends Catering, as well as an art gallery and a popular weekend venue for live bands.

Now, the 3,000 square foot totally refurbished building is for lease and the business, including name, website, domain name, logo and all furnishings, is for sale.

The property, located at 105 N. Cloverdale Blvd., has a Modern Tuscan theme, custom built bar area, food prep kitchen, conference room, band and dance area, professional sound system and a large covered outdoor patio with lights and fans.

“We are proud what we have been able to do for Cloverdale,” said Starr, “including fully revitalizing the building into a beautiful space to come to and enjoy. Unfortunately, because we also own Milano Winery in Hopland, the current ABC licensing restrictions do not allow us to serve beer or other wines, so we were not able to draw from a more diverse group.”

Mayor Carol Russell told the Starrs she was “saddened by the news that so distinctive, charming and vibrant a part of Cloverdale’s downtown life and economy is closing.”

Musicians like Cloverdale’s Bobby Lee were also disheartened to hear the news. “It was a wonderful hangout for local musicians. I’ll really miss the relaxed atmosphere. The audience and staff always made us feel right at home.”

Ted Starr can be reached at vino@vinodiamore.com for more information.

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