It’s been said that “Necessity is the mother of invention.” But apparently not all great ideas are born out of necessity. Sometimes all it takes is a group of friends and a good bottle of wine.
Take for example the The Vine Wine Bar and Bistro in St. Charles, the brain child of Chad and Alisha McDermott, Tim and Terri Schneider, and Nick and Kate Brockmeyer. One fall evening in 2006, the three couples were sitting beside a fire in one of their backyards enjoying a bottle of wine. They began discussing where they could go locally to do exactly what they were doing at that moment—enjoying a bit of the grape, some good conversation, and maybe a nice dinner. The problem was what they were looking for simply didn’t exist at that time in St. Charles.
“Finally one of us suggested we open our own wine bar. And it sounded like a good idea.”
And it appears to be a good idea that’s taken off. According to McDermott, since The Vine opened on Memorial Day in 2007, they’ve developed a good following of regulars. And, of course, with the nice weather, things really begin to pick up.
“When the tourists start showing up, things get popping around here,” he says. “And we really lucked out with this building. There’s nothing else like it here.”
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