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Forest Lake Spirits & Fine Wines, 4835 Forest Drive: Early 2012   4 comments

Posted at 1:39 am in Uncategorized

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Forest Lake Spirits & Fine Wines was one of the follow on operation in the old Dobbs House / Steak 'n Egg Kitchen building (next to Gills Creek and Forest Lake Park).

It appears that the building is now broken into three storefronts, and Forest Lake Spirits & Fine Wines was the leftmost one. You can see the attached picnic/patio area which I believe was the deck from the last time the place was a restaurant (which was well after the Steak 'n Egg era). I stopped there several times to pick up some cooking spirits for tiramisu, cheesecake and eggnog. The staff was quite friendly, but I believe that each time, I was the only customer in the store.

I'm not exactly sure when the place closed, but they are listed in the February 2012 phonebook, so I'm saying early 2012. Or, I suppose it's possible they will be back at 1:35.

UPDATE 25 September 2012 -- Something is happening here. There are dumpsters both in front and behind the building and people in and out:

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UPDATE 18 December 2012: It appears a new restaurant will be going in here. See the pictures here.

Written by ted on July 14th, 2012

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  1. I stopped in there a few times and was always floored by the complete lack of selection. No, I'm not an alcoholic, but when you only have one or two brands to choose from, and everything is top shelf price, you tend not to go back. When Morganelli's expanded they pretty much ran this place out of business. I'm surprised it took this long.

    Matthew

    17 Jul 12 at 6:39 am

  2. The glory days of that liquor store were in the late 70's - early, to mid 90's (dates, guys)? When they torn down Forest Lake Shopping Center, (again, dates, guys, Ted)? the proprietor, Keith Schmidt, who was a hard working, kinda' gruff older guy ... moved over here when that was done ... I would go there w/ my dad, even before (and after) I could, or would drink ... for 15+ years ... When I could drink, I would engage his establishment, because my father had left the area ... He would always ask how dad was ... it was the end of an era when Mr. Schmidt passed, probably 10+ years ago ...

    Fish

    9 Aug 12 at 7:39 pm

  3. Signage for Sbarro (which has left Columbia Place Mall) has been installed on this building

    Andrew

    27 Apr 13 at 11:08 pm

  4. That should have read Schiano's...

    Andrew

    27 Apr 13 at 11:10 pm

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