Saturday, July 3, 2010

Washburn Imports, Furniture and…Wine?

Yes it’s true. And while you’re out shopping for some furniture, why not grab yourself a glass of wine? Ok I’m exaggerating a tad.  However, tucked away on a side street in the back of Washburn Imports is a cozy new wine bar named Imperial. Once Washburn Imports closes for the day, Imperial comes alive at night. It appears as though John Washburn, the proprietor of Washburn Imports, has previous hospitality experience and felt that it was time to put it to good use. When I asked the attending bar keep Kaitlin about John Washburn and what he was like, I received the ever-so-minimally eloquent "he’s awesome." Love it!

Imperial has a capable and compact wine list (only one Bordeaux offering). For wines not offered by the establishment, a patron can bring his/her own bottle for a $20 corkage fee. The decor is a delight for the eyes with an eclectic blend of international flair. While I was trying to describe Imperial with one word, ‘chill’ immediately came to mind. Chill with some relaxing tunes and capable bar staff, led by Manager Brett. Brett, who designed the wine list, has a previous relationship with John Washburn. When John came up with the idea for Imperial he recruited Brett to deliver on its message. Brett's second-in-command, is Angel whose additional duties include handling and organizing private parties and events. There is no kitchen on the premises so the catering is subcontracted out to Cuisiniers and Big Wheel Provisions.

If you are looking for a mellow night out, a night to relax and enjoy good conversation,  a visit to Imperial is in order. You will find yourself immersed in calm, cool, and laid back atmosphere. So if you’re up for a glass of wine, a beer, or even an end table (look for the price tags), give Imperial a try. Until next wine…

The Imperial at Washburn Imports.
A Wine Bar and Beer Garden specializing in boutique wines and craft beers.
1800 N. Orange Avenue Orlando FL 32804
Tue - Sat 5-12/Sun 1-6
Manager: Brett
Staff: Angel(events) Pours: Kaitlin and Libby

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