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Heights Mercantile Will Soon Be Home to a Wine Bar

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Postino WineCafé hails from Arizona

bruschetta and red wine from Postino Wine Cafe. Courtesy Postino WineCafé

A Phoenix wine bar called Postino WineCafé will open its first Texas outpost in the Heights Mercantile this spring.

A repurposed 1940s warehouse, formerly occupied by Pappas Restaurants, at the corner of Yale and 7th Streets will be home to the new spot. The owners of the Arizona-based wine bar have a history of reworking historic buildings into modern new spaces after debuting the first Postino (Italian for “postman”) location in a revived 1940s post office in Phoenix.

“Connecting with the community is always the first step when determining our next spot,” co-owner Lauren Bailey said in a statement. “There is so much to love about the City of Houston – and the Heights in particular – with its eclectic and communal feel.”

The Heights Mercantile spot, adjacent to the Heights bike trail, will feature the same menu of Postino’s dishes from its six Arizona and one Denver location. Charcuterie boards will take a prime place on the menu, along with bruschetta, salad, soup, and paninis.

Advanced Sommelier Brent Karlicek will curate a menu of more than 30 wines and local brews, all priced at $5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also expect mimosas and a hearty brunch menu featuring dishes like ciabatta french toast with house made berry preserves when the brand rolls out this spring.

Postino’s official opening date hasn’t been announced just yet, but the spot is set to arrive sometime this spring. Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays until 12 a.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.