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Cellar 46 Closes, but Business Lives on Online

The Town Center wine bar, run by local owner Ryan Allison, shuttered its doors Dec. 23.

, a Town Center favorite of local oeneophiles and voted "Best Happy Hour", has closed their doors for business.

Signs posted on the business last week announced a "liquidation sale" as owner Ryan Allison wound down operations at the wine bar & restaurant just before Christmas. Opened in 2007 as one of the first ground-floor tenants of the newly-constructed , the wine bar and restaurant — which also sold wine and offered cellar space to patrons — closed on Dec. 23.

The closing, however, represents a renewed focus on Allison's successful online wine retail business, Discount Wine Buys.com , according to sales manager Claire Robinson.

"We're still busy with online wine buys," she said. "Anyone can buy wine here we sell wine and ship it all over the country." 

Plans are currently in the works to set up a wine pick-up location where Mercer Island residents can receive orders free of shipping charges.

Still, many are sad to see a restaurant with a reputation for supporting local business — never mind the popular selection of hot crab dip or artisinal cheeses and fruit paired with a wine flight. 

"He's been a really active and involved part of the business community," said Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terry Moreman.

"We wish him good luck in his online business. It was a wonderful place for an afternoon glass of wine. He was one of the original supporters of "Shop Local" and "Girls Night" events."

"We're sorry that (Cellar 46) is gone."

For more information about Discount Wine Buys, contact 206-913-9463 or email info@discountwinebuys.com.

Ray Burt January 04, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Does the liquidation include wine? Or is it for fixtures, etc only?
Kendall Watson January 04, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I believe it was for the fixtures in the restaurant. Sounds like the sale was only for a few days, but there might be a few things left over still for sale. I'd give them a call, the number is at the end of the story.
Ryan Allison January 04, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Thank you to the Mercer Island community for the last 5 years of support. We have gone back to our roots of selling wine and now sell wine via the web at www.discountwinebuys.com We will make deliveries on Mercer Island to save on any shipping costs. You won't believe our pricing as we have some of the lowest prices in the country. Cheers, and thanks again for all your wonderful support. All of our fixtures have sold and their is nothing remaining for sale. Thanks, Ryan Allison
Kendall Watson January 05, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hi Ryan & thanks for the comments. Sorry I couldn't initially reach you for the story but Claire was very helpful. Good luck & best wishes.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA January 05, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I'm glad to see our Mercer Island Patch AbleEditor Kendall Watson suppporting local business (as usual). He deserves ours in return w/thanks. Jerry-

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