D'Vine Taste, the 25 year-old gourmet food store on Seventh Avenue between Carroll and Garfield, is downsizing down to one storefront, closing down the adjacent space that they expanded to seven years ago.
The well-liked shop, which has an expansive selection of imported goods as well as fresh baked bread, meats, cheeses, and prepared food, is run by a Lebanese family who opened the shop back before Union Market and Blue Apron made high-end imported foods easy to come by in the neighborhood (some of their offerings, like bulk grains and spices, are still otherwise impossible to track down nearby).
In 2005 they expanded into a second storefront next door, but it looks like the double-wide dream was short-lived. Over the past week workers have been clearing out the northern half of the space, and all the merchandise is currently for sale in the original half, which is still open.
"The space will be smaller, but everything we've sold we will continue to sell," an employee assured me. "We're not going anywhere."
Sad to see that they've had to let go of half of their space, but hopefully this will mean that they'll be able to stick around for at least another 25 years.