Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Last Friday, the Village of Homewood officially welcomed the latest addition to our business community, boutique wine and craft beer store Grape & Grain Co.
While the weather outside was dreary, spirits were high last Friday evening as Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and several other village officials gathered for the ribbon cutting of Homewood’s new craft beer and wine store: Grape & Grain Co. The new shop, located at 18031 Dixie Highway, opened on Labor Day. Grape & Grain Co. is anything but your average liquor store. And don’t let the bar fool you. This isn’t a place you go to drown your sorrows in pint after pint of domestic suds. As owner Ron Khalaf promised in a Patch article months ago during the planning stages of Grape & Grain “It’s … a classy place.” The clean, modern sign on front of the building just north of Ridge on Dixie Highway gives a preview of what customers are …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The money is being awarded as part of Homewood’s Retail Enhancement, Façade and Property Improvement and Go Green Reward programs.
Ron Khalaf, owner of upcoming Homewood boutique wine and craft beer store, Grapes and Grain Co., received just over $47,000 from the village in tax incentive money for property improvements for his new business location during last Tuesday's village board meeting. Last May, we announced the planned opening of Khalaf’s new store at 18029 Dixie Highway. “It’s going to be a very classy place,” Khalaf said. Grapes and Grain Co. is scheduled to open roughly around the beginning of August.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Also, the village is getting two new vehicles and the upcoming Grapes and Grain Co. beer and wine store will receive village funding for property improvement.
The board voted to waive bidding requirements and approved $45,509.85 for the purchase of one new Chevy Tahoe and one new Ford F350, both through Illinois State Purchase contracts. Despite some confusion among the board as to why Chipotle previously insisted on not needing a liquor license, the trustees unanimously voted to add and approve a Class 5 liquor license for the upcoming Chipotle restaurant on 17700 Halsted. Previously, Cilantro Cocina was the only Class 5 license holder. A minor snag occured, however, when the representative from Chipotle realized there was no language in the agreement to allow for alcoholic beverages to be taken outside on the patio. The board still voted to allow the Class 5 license and advised Chipotle to …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Last Tuesday's Homewood Village Board meeting gave indication that a new craft beer and boutique wine shop will likely be opening on Dixie Highway in downtown Homewood.
Last Tuesday's Homewood Village Board meeting gave indication that a new craft beer and boutique wine shop will likely be opening on Dixie Highway in downtown Homewood. READ: CRAFT BEER AND BOUTIQUE WINE SHOP CLOSER TO OPENING IN HOMEWOOD While the new shop isn't entirely confirmed yet, the trustees made it clear that they would consider it a welcome addition to Homewood. Even Village President Richard Hofeld, who has often referenced his preference of ice cream to alcohol, thinks so. “I think it will add a new dimension to the downtown for shopping and I think it will be a very nice business to have in town,” Hofeld said. However, some of our readers have commented on their disapproval of the new liquor store. "I was still very …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Homewood Village Board agreed to draft an ordinance creating a new liquor license to cater to an up-and-coming downtown craft beer and boutique wine shop.
Homewood is one step closer to getting a new craft beer and boutique wine store, after village trustees Tuesday voted in favor of drafting an ordinance to create a new liquor license catered to the potential shop. Ron Khalaf, owner of Vino e Birra in La Grange and former owner of the now-closed Barley and Hopps in Glenwood, was present during Tuesday night’s board meeting to present his concept. Khalaf said he has 20 years' experience in the liquor business and has been working closely with the village for over six months to determine a location for his new store, tentatively named Grapes and Grain Company. “I’m not coming to Homewood to open another liquor store,” Khalaf said. “It’s going to be a very classy place.” According to Khalaf, …