Friday, August 21, 2015

Christopher-LaVine eyeing project-within-a-project in Troy

Wine shop site.

TROY -- Anyone who keeps track of business that comes before the City Planning Commission might have seen an interesting note from its most recent meeting: approval for a restaurant at 22 2nd Street.

That caught my attention because that's the address for a wine shop Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine, the city's most entrepreneurial couple, have under development.

I asked Christopher to shed some light on how the wine shop project is going and whether he and his wife also have another restaurant in mind. Here's his explanation:

"The wine store will be located on the 2nd Street side of the property. The business will be open as soon as the SLA [State Liquor Authority] grants the wine store license, as we are preparing for a full board review. The store is going to be a hand-sell, boutique wine shop highlighting natural and rare wines in the $15 to $20 range.

"Alternately, there is a cool three-story carriage house on the Franklin Street alley side of the property. Its last use was as Casabonne & Maloney Builders in the late-1950s, and [it] has been vacant ever since. We went through the Zoning Board to get a sense of what would be an allowed use, and were granted approval for a restaurant, although we have no firm concept at this time.

"We acquired this long-vacant parcel a few months ago, and want to be sure that all options are investigated in order to maximize the potential of the property. It's a cool place we want to share with the public in some capacity, and we plan to figure it all out in the next couple of months."

Given Christopher's and LaVine's track record of renovating dilapidated historic buildings and turning them into viable businesses, I'm sure it will be a clever decision. Their current portfolio is the Lucas Confectionery Wine Bar, The Grocery, and Peck's Arcade and The Tavern.

1 comment:

  1. You HAVE to know it will be done with imagination.