Vino's time may be running out

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 11:52pm

Soak up the ambiance while you can. The future of East Nashville’s Vino Wine Bar is cloudy, as the owners of both the business and the building say they’re open to buyers.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen with it,” said Linda Forceno, owner of Vino.

Vino is based in part of a historic building at the corner of Fatherland and Seventh streets. Clinton Doss, owner of the building, purchased it in 1991 for $35,000, according to Davidson County property tax records. Doss told The City Paper he’s open to a buyer, and plans to ask $699,900 for the 3,600-square-foot structure.

Doss rehabilitated the building himself. It was the site of Nashville’s fourth H.G. Hill store, and built in 1930.

Forceno said customers — particularly those in the neighborhood — have already expressed their disappointment. But the wine bar’s reported charms haven’t been enough to lure diners from across the river. And the location may be out-of-the way, even for East Nashville. The tenant previous to Vino, Ricci’s Italian Restaurant, was open a matter of months before closing.

“It’s kind of slow,” Forceno said. “I think it’s kind of off the beaten path. You have to kind of know it’s here.”

Forceno’s lease was up in the middle of July, so she’s now on a month-by-month plan.

Vino is Forceno’s first entrepreneurial venture.

“It was a good experience,” Forceno said. “It’s just a nice place to come to.”

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By: lyndamaee on 12/31/69 at 6:00

What a shame to close it. All they needed was publicity. Hope that they can keep the shop open.

By: kpieroni on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I went to Vino for the first time last night.......what a little gem tucked away in a wonderful neighborhood! I would encourage all (especially those from the area) to stop by and enjoy a glass of unique wine. The wine is tasty, the appetizers worth coming back for (helloooooo......a cheese plate at a wine bar -- no fried food here), and the ambiance/neighborhood feel is fantastic. Please help save this wonderful place!