Cru Cellars Expands, Adds Wine Garden, South Tampa

Attention book clubbees, meetup groups, friends, wine lovers in search of your peeps: Cru Cellars in South Tampa is expanding.

Located at 2506 S. MacDill Ave., the 2,000-square-foot space wine bar was voted Tampa's “Best Wine Bar” by Creative Loafing, featuring more than 25 wines by the glass and seven wine flights. Cru recently expanded, adding a kitchen in February 2012 and is expected to further expand with a 35-seat Wine Garden.

Extending from the existing wine bar, the Wine Garden will feature long banquette tables and chairs with the back half of the garden available to rent for private parties. Greenery and plants will be added, as well a large window from the current wine bar.

“The rentable space will hold about 20 people for a cocktail or mingling-style event or about 10 to 12 in a sit-down dinner style event,” says Cru Cellars owner Jennifer Bingham.

Cru will celebrate the Wine Garden grand opening on October 11th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will coincide with the 3rd Annual Perfect Pairing wine tasting event, featuring a sneak peak of a new fall menu.

“This is the biggest and best tasting we do all year. Featuring six stations of wine, each will be paired perfectly with a small bite, cheese or dessert,” Bingham says. “A percentage of the net sales will go to The Children's Home, as it has for the last two years.”

Designed by Hope Montgomery Ruhe and Jason Ruhe of In Bloom, the new Fall menu will debut mid-October 2012 including a new Saturday and Sunday wine brunch menu featuring breakfast and lunch options by chef Josh Burton.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Jennifer Bingham, Cru Cellars
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