This time last year, the commercial space at 2730 McNair appeared to be set to house a restaurant called Koronaz. Neighborhood support for the project, however, was not forthcoming and it fell apart. While that was a setback, the good news is that the wait for something to open in the space appears to be over.The larger commercial space on the corner of McNair and Lynch was converted into an apartment after the Koronaz plan fell through, but the smaller commercial space immediately north of the intersection on McNair will soon be home to Ernesto’s Wine Bar.
The establishment will reportedly be owned by developer Phoenix Redevelopment Group and will feature a wide selection of wine and food. This news has been floating out there for a while now, but it appears that the opening of the establishment is just around the corner. A look through the windows shows tables and chairs in place, as well as most of the decorations. In the rear patio area, stacks of metal chairs are already waiting to handle patrons.
With the relative lack of activity in Benton Park on this western end of Lynch, this wine bar could do a lot to help bring attention to the street. One would hope that if they are successful, they might someday consider expanding into the larger apartment-converted section immediately to the south. Welcome to Benton Park. Check out the exterior pics in the gallery below.