LAPLACE WINE BAR & SHOP UPDATE

Reader Annie says that Laplace Wine Bar & Shop at 205 Santa Barbara Street has closed. Google reports that the Funk Zone business is permanently closed, their phone is disconnected, and their Facebook page has been taken down. Their web site laplacewinebar.com says they are open as usual but it is not uncommon for a departing business to make updating their web site a low priority. Laplace Wine Bar & Shop opened in 2016.

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11 Responses to LAPLACE WINE BAR & SHOP UPDATE

  1. syvfoodie says:

    That’s a heart breaker – Betty put so much time, money and effort into La Place – went by Tuesday lunchtime and it was closed. Absolute bummer

  2. Tom says:

    Sad. Busy area, so surprised to see they couldn’t make a go of it.

  3. JP says:

    Not surprised. They wanted to charge us a $10 corking fee for a bottle of wine we purchased there. We left.

    • Tom says:

      $10 is actually quite reasonable – most wine bars and restaurants that have retail selections charge at least $15 for corkage on bottles purchased off the shelves. And what about the standard restaurant policy of 300-400% mark-up over cost for their glass pours and list selections? That is where the real robbery occurs!

    • Bob says:

      That’s a shame. It was a labor of love for Betty, and I saw how much time & effort she put into it.

    • Kerry L White says:

      thats ridiculous.. go to any winery.. purchase bottle and you can drink it there..

      • Tom says:

        Kerry,

        You are missing the point that Laplace was not a winery – it was a retail store and a wine bar. A winery’s profit margin on selling wines out of their tasting rooms is at least 300% because they don’t have to sell at discount to distributors, but they are able to charge “full suggested retail price”. In other words, if a chardonnay cost them, say, $12 to make per bottle, they are likely to charge at least $36 dollars for it at their tasting room. Compare that to a retailer with a wine bar license; with the industry standard of 50% mark-up, and assuming that same bottle cost them $24 from the distributor (which it would) you can see their profit margin is far smaller that the winery, hence the need to charge a “corkage fee.” I don’t necessarily agree with that, especially excessive corkage fees, but I do agree with the fact a wine bar has the right to remain profitable against the cost of doing business. I believe the old Wine Cask used to charge a sizeable corkage fee for wines purchased at their retail store when you wanted to take them into their restaurant. Again, it just the way the wine business is run, and I don’t think it’s fair to single out Laplace for charging a corkage fee, especially when it was only $10.

    • VT says:

      Totally agree LP. We would have walked out as well.

  4. Andy Gault says:

    Tom knows what he is talking about. Kerry and JP do not. I would bet Kerry has never been to LaPlace.
    Probably still extolling the virtues of Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s. Cheap shot on my part but still..

  5. Andy Gault says:

    Tom knows what he is talking about. Kerry and JP do not. I would bet Kerry has never been to LaPlace.
    Probably still extolling the virtues of Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s. Cheap shot on my part but still..

    This is an original post not a duplicate..

  6. Anita Sonquist says:

    Tom is spot on!!!

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