Maplewood planning and zoning Monday night approved a new wine bar/restaurant, with retail wine by the bottle at the former J&E Office City location — 7326 Manchester Road.
Owner, Brian Hobbs, was the general manager at Bar Les Freres in Clayton for four and a half years, a job he left two and half weeks ago, he told the commission.
Hobbs plans on calling the new wine bar Chateau Maplewood, he said after the meeting.
It will have about about 20 tables and a wine bar for eight. He plans on serving lunch, dinner and desserts, but the focus will be on wine — a “full wine experience,” he said.
He said he has a good relationship with his vendors and they know what he likes. “I want people to trust me from the beginning,” he said. “If you trust me at $10, maybe you’ll go a little higher for those special occasions.”
He said Maplewood contractor, Patrick Jugo is doing the buildout. City council will consider the request at its August 22 meeting.