Fort Worth wine drinkers are about to lose a favorite little hang when Times Ten Cellars closes its location at 1100 Foch St. on January 28. The wine spot announced the impending closure on Facebook.
"Thank you for allowing us to serve you and share in so many special occasions," it said. "We look forward to seeing you before we close and would love to raise a glass."
Rob Wilson and Kert Platner opened the Fort Worth outlet in 2009 as a spinoff of their original location in Dallas. Both branches serve wine made in-house and boast a laid-back easygoing vibe, with cheese platters and other snacks, as well as the option for you to bring your own.
Fans loved it not only as a place to get a glass of wine, with an attentive knowledgeable staff, but for all kinds of gatherings: tastings, birthday parties, showers, wedding receptions, girls night out, and neighbor meet-ups.
The Fort Worth location also became known for its alliance with Cane Rosso pizzeria, which brought its mobile pizza truck to the wine bar once a week for pizza nights. Not only did it give wine drinkers excellent pizza, it also gave Cane Rosso a foothold in Fort Worth's dining scene that helped pave the way for its successful opening in the Near Southside district.
Wilson says they timed the closing to give faithful customers a chance for some closure.
"There are a lot of reasons that led us to this decision, the biggest being that we just weren't profitable at that location," he says. "We made the decision with our managers to stay open most of the month of January to give our loyal customers a chance to say goodbye and enjoy a glass of wine."
Meanwhile, the prognosis for Dallas is good.
"For now we want to focus on Dallas which continues to do well," he says. "All of the production and storage will move back to Dallas or our warehouse in East Dallas, and Dustin Walker will continue as our winemaker."
Times Ten Cellars produces approximately 20,000 cases of wine a year, and has its own 10-acre vineyard in Alpine, Texas, where they grow Tempranillo, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah grapes.