Gather Wine Bar in Arroyo Grande closes

jlynem@thetribunenews.comNovember 19, 2013 

Gather Wine Bar inhabited the F.E. Bennett Building in the Village of Arroyo Grande.

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Gather Wine Bar, a popular place to sample a variety of wines in the Village of Arroyo Grande, closed recently after more than four years in business.

Now, Kari Ziegler, owner of the former wine bar at 122 E. Branch St., said she hopes soon to open another eatery elsewhere in the Village.

“We’re still working out the details, but we do want to stay in the Village of A.G. and are looking to do a café and market idea,” she said. “And because Arroyo Grande is a very child and family-friendly place, we want to capitalize on that.”

With Gather, Ziegler created a cozy space where adult patrons could stop in, taste and buy Central Coast wines. It evolved into a nightlife spot that also served snack foods, giving customers an opportunity to linger. The café and market would offer comfort and gourmet foods, light bites and items to take home, she said.

Gather was profitable, Ziegler said, but it closed because the lease was not renewed. The Manetta Bennett family, a local family who has owned the building since the 1900s, decided they wanted the space for their personal use, she said.

Ziegler is enthusiastic about starting a new venture, saying that Arroyo Grande is not only a wine destination but a food destination, too. Another advantage is that it’s “smack in the middle of the Central Coast,” and has the potential to pull travelers from as far away as the Los Angeles suburbs, she said.

The task now, she added, is spreading the word about all that the Arroyo Grande Valley has to offer.

“There are great organizations that have made this place beautiful, now it’s time to start telling people about it,” she said.

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