The bad news is that I Love New York Deli may not be opening a third location on Capitol Hill. The good news is that 954 East Union will be getting an (we suspect) equally welcome tenant, Corkhouse Winery. Corkhouse wiill be operated jointly by longtime friends Travis Scarborough and Josh Fletcher. Scarborough described the business to CHS as follows:
CorkHouse will be essential trying to find the best possible wine for the best possible price. We will be basically wine négociants. In the last few years I have found some incredible wines from great producers & vineyards, who have had trouble selling them due to high prices. We like to take them off their hands at a significantly lower cost, sign a confidentially agreement, and then give the public some great wine. I know it’s not a new concept or anything, but it’s a great way for the public to have good wine at affordable prices. Price range will not initially exceed $15 retail.
We asked Scarborough why Corkhouse chose Capitol Hill, and he explained that he and Fletcher are Hill residents:
We both live in Capitol Hill (a few blocks from this space) and shared the vision of bringing a winery to the heart of this truly unique neighborhood that we both love. Josh will be in charge of incorporating our space into the fabric of the neighborhood and building a synergy with all the other vibrant businesses in the area. We expect to open the winery as soon as possible this summer.
If Scarborough’s name sounds familiar to you, it may be because he is a founding partner in O’Shea Scarborough Winery. Scarborough noted that Corkhouse and O’Shea Scarborough may work together: “Most likely we will partner with O’Shea Scarborough Winery and have a tasting room open on the weekends as well.”