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September 16, 2008

Wine cabinets coming to Kooper's

kooper's tavernPlans are in motion to install wine cabinets and update the menu at Kooper's Tavern (1702 Thames St.).

I spoke with owner Patrick Russell (pictured, second from left) briefly today, who said the bar should be renovated and ready for wine tastings and more upscale fare in November.

"We're no longer trying to be a beer and burger joint," he said. 

Here's a link with some more details. 

But the wine-centric renovations may be a couple months too late ...

(Sun archive photo from 1999) 

A new wine store and cafe called V-NO recently opened a couple blocks away at 905 S. Ann St. You can get wine by the glass or bottle at V-NO, which also serves food.

Until I heard about V-NO, I was hard-pressed to come up with many options for big time wine drinkers in Fells Point. Ze Mean Bean Cafe was the best option I could think of. But V-NO changes things.

Will Russell's renovations revolutionize or sink the Fells Point pub? Has V-NO pulled the rug from under Russell's feet? Only time will tell.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:11 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


So if i want a beer and burger i should go somewhere else on Thames St.,Patrick?

Was at V-NO on Friday...definitely a different vibe. Also, they don't have a kitchen so food options are limited to things like cheese, savory tarts and desserts.

ironically, the place that doesn't want to be known as a "beer and burger joint" was just selected as "best hamburger" in The City Paper.

I wouldn't worry about Koopers. V-NO is tucked away—you have to be looking for it (or the sushi place nearby) to find it. Kooper's is on the main drag, so they win the casual foot traffic, even if the serious wine crowd goes to the competition. (And no mention of Red Star for wine?)

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