What a difference a few years makes. Not long ago we would travel to other cities and see beautiful wine bars in every neighborhood. But there was nothing similar in Melrose Village.
Then a few years ago, the old Divine Pasta space on La Brea Avenue (just south of Melrose Avenue) was turned into a restaurant-wine bar-gourmet store called Cube. It was really good, but still not exactly the wine bar we were pining for. Then at last, a little over a year ago, Vinoteque on Melrose opened. At last, we had a sophisticated and pleasant place to sip wine and eat wine-friendly foods.
Well, when it rains, it pours – wine bars that is. Just a few doors east of Vinoteque, a new wine bar just opened. It’s called Cellar 55, and it’s in the old Goodfella’s restaurant space. The owners have done a nice interior renovation, and it looks like a good place to get a glass of wine.
And of course, neighborhood favorite Blu Jam Cafe recently got its beer-wine license (after a multi-year struggle), adding to our wine-drinking options.
For local wine lovers, these are good times.