Oswego-area residents can soon add a wine bar to their list of downtown hot spots, and they won’t need to wait another year to see its grand opening.
Market 7, a cafe and wine bar, is expected to open as soon as this summer on Main Street in the village’s downtown.
Macey Brooks, who founded the Oswego’s Beats and Eats Foundation, has proposed opening the business at 58 Main St., the former site of Zsa Zsa’s Boutique. The 1,600-square-foot space will be converted into a cafe, wine bar and gourmet food oasis, which will also offer packaged alcohol to carry home.
“Behind the scenes, Macey has been coming to us for years with this dream of opening a wine bar,” said Village Administrator Dan DiSanto.
Brooks, however, had difficulty finding the right location.
Lots of historic downtown buildings proved difficult to renovate and didn’t quite fit his vision – until the Zsa Zsa property became available and Brooks jumped at the chance to make his dream come true, according to DiSanto.
“This wine bar use is the perfect complement to our downtown and exactly what we’re looking for,” DiSanto said. “We want to add entertainment, dining and excitement to downtown. We want there to be a nightlife in Oswego.”
DiSanto said today’s downtown will look much different in two years. The opening of the Oswego Brewery, Market 7 and the addition of Potter’s Place, the new Shodeen property development, live music at Firehouse and patio dining at the Tap House mean options for entertainment-hungry residents.
On Tuesday, May 15, village board members approved a special-use permit that would allow Market 7 to sell packaged liquor. Developers will come back to the board for the request of their regular liquor license, along with building plans.
The cafe is expected to have approximately 20 seats, and feature baked goods, salads, cheese plates and other seasonal items. Craft beers and wine will also be sold.
Different hours of operation are being proposed for the food market and for the cafe and wine bar.
“It’s like an urban wine bar you would see in downtown Chicago,” DiSanto said. “We’re glad places like the brewery and wine bar will be opening this year.”