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Jan152014

Wine & Spirits Shop Coming to Former Lucia Space on 5th Avenue

It appears as if a wine and spirits shop is coming to 272 5th Avenue, between 1st and Garfield, in the space home to boutique Lucia before it moved up the avenue last September. Many thanks to a tipster for sending in the above photo, of a notice posted in the front window indicating that the company, somewhat oddly named Digestive Gastronomic, has applied for an off-premises liquor license.

It's not clear if the shop will be more of a liquor store or fine wine shop, but there's no real shortage of either in the immediate area, with Red White and Bubbly, Picada y Vino, and Prime Time Liquors all within easy walking distance. Either way, a more convenient place to buy wine and booze is always welcome, especially when its name is Digestive Gastronomic.

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Reader Comments (15)

So, proprietor of this business, tell the inquiring minds of HPS readers: what is going on in your mind that makes you think ANOTHER liquor/wine store can succeed in Park Slope? What did your bank say when you went to them for funding? Do you have a business plan? Did you examine the demographics and the wine/liquor budgets of local residents?

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarty Markowitz

Psyched! This is my block which makes this place 1/2 a block closer than any other liquor store.

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBaDaBing

The wine and liquor business is a good one with a very high mark up.

When's the last time you saw a wine or liquor store close ? Not very often is the answer.

I'm sure it will do just fine.

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSterling

Yeah, I guess the market for wine and liquor is better than for maple syrup.

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarty Markowitz

Not sure what you mean. I talked with the owner of Black Bear Sugarworks and he did GANGBUSTERS business before the holidays. We bought a case to give out as gifts and people raved about it. He's renovating the store now and opening with a much larger selection of products and food items in April.

If you're going to criticize anything and everything, maybe you should at least know what you're talking about.

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSterling

I noticed that Cycle Bar has a For Rent sign on it - same block. I'll be sad to see to see it go... have been a member there for over 3 years.

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Always thought these "cycle bars" were uber lame. Get a bike or go run in one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world, right on our doorstep.

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Other than 7th Ave Wines and Spirits, who honestly has a good selection of hard liquor? Red, White, and Bubbly is good for wine, but that's about it. Most of the area liquor stores are average.

Thank you, Tim, for telling us all how to work out. No one asked you.

The problem with Cycle Bar was the level of instruction. I had a Groupon there and, while the bikes were nice, the classes weren't on the level of those at Crunch.

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTed Nelson

Sorry, Ted, I must have missed the part where someone asked you.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Thanks, Justin, for clogging up internet bandwidth.

Did you ever step foot in Cycle Bar? Were the prices a bit too steep for poor little Justin, living off mommy and daddy's dime in NYC when he should probably just be back in the Midwest or Westchester or whereverthehell? Does Justin just ride his bike in the park because it's cheaper and it's harder to smell his armpits there?

The problem with Cycle Bar was clear to anyone who took the time to go there. The level of instruction didn't justify the price tag and, with fancier stand-alone spin studios in Manhattan, most people wanting that experience, and something not tied down by their gym schedule, just went there.

You didn't ask me, Justin, but at least I have an informed opinion on the subject, which neither you or Tim above you seem to have.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTed Nelson

Whoa, feisty Ted this morning. You're so incredibly off when it comes to me but haven't the fervor to argue on the internet about it. I don't cycle, or spin so my opinion isn't important. I just thought that ridiculous comment of yours needed to be pointed out.

Now, finish your grapefruit and go about your day. Thanks.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Borisal on 4th ave and 10th St has a great selection, although they are a bit on the expensive side.
Shawn's on 7th Ave close to Carrol has a nice selection too.
Slope Cellars on 7th Ave and 15th St is also great.

Sure, none of these places has the selection of Astor Wines, but they are great neighborhood stores.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNever Satisfied

7th Avenue liquor at 7th and Union is a great store also.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSterling

Picada Y Vino is around the corner from me and I don't go there. Not a big enough selection for me, most of their wines are a tad above what I want to pay. And, my biggest issue with them is even if you buy a wine there you like, there's a good chance they will not have it next time you go because they like to rotate their stock.

The place on 5th Avenue and 9th Street isn't bad, though they could have a bit more variety in grapes, but, I do shop there for certain items because their prices are better.

Red, White and Bubbly to me has the best selection of stores on 5th Avenue. So, I can totally see where another wine shop could do just fine.

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

As a raging alcoholic, I can tell you that we need more. There are only so many times you can go into a single store in a day and buy a small bottle of Georgi. Rotation is key. One store when they open, another after lunch and a third in the evening.

Oh yeah, you're gonna tell me to buy a bigger bootle. Clearly you don't understand my Problem (capitalized). It's all about regulating yourself.

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