A new liquor store and adjoining restaurant run by a Pensacola-born entrepreneur are coming to Bayou Boulevard next year.
The Wine World and Wine Bar multi-faceted business will assume the site of the recently closed Pier One store at 4970 Bayou Blvd. The 11,500-square-foot retail store and adjoining restaurant should open in phases in 2021.
Wine World founder Chan Cox is a Pensacola native. Along with business partner and developer Bob Montgomery, Cox owns eight Wine World retail stores in Florida and five restaurant concepts to compliment some of those retail stores. They also own one brewpub, soon to be two.
Cox opened his first business — University Wines and Spirits and Chan’s Saloon and Eatery — at the old University Mall in 1979. His latest venture will bring him full circle back to Pensacola.
“We’re most excited about getting back into Pensacola,” Cox said. “We were actually planning, we own some property down at Hawkshaw, we were planning on putting a Wine World store and restaurant there, and then all of a sudden Pier One closed around the country and this opportunity at Cordova Mall came about. It’s kind of the center of the universe for retail in Escambia County.”
The retail liquor store will feature wine, spirits and beer — with an emphasis on premium, high-end wines. The Wine Bar restaurant and market will sell cheeses and prepared foods to go. Its menu will revolve around the pizza oven that Cox and Montgomery plan to have built.
“We’ll have about 40 wines by the glass at the Wine Bar as we do in all of our other Wine Bar locations,” Cox said. “We’ll have a large, fine wine selection, which we’ve kind of become known for, as being the fine wine merchants in our different markets. Craft beer, as well.”
Once it is open, the Wine Bar restaurant will serve lunch and dinner.
“One of our hallmarks is, we’re going to have the best prices in town,” Cox added.
Cox said he hopes to open the retail store at the beginning of 2021. Phase two of his project should see a spring 2021 opening of the Wine Bar, he said.
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