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Rock Springs Wine Bar and Bookshop to Open

ROCK SPRINGS — A book bar, which consists of a wine bar and bookshop, plans to open up in downtown Rock Springs in January.

“I think it’s a great concept,” Rock Springs Mayor Demshar said. “It will be a great addition for the downtown area.”

The Rock Springs City Council approved a satellite winery license application on Tuesday for Jackson Hole Winery LLC, based out of Jackson.

Demshar, Councilmen Jason Armstrong, Rob Zotti, Tim Savage, Billy Shalata, David Tate and David Halter and Councilwomen Rose Mosbey and Glennise Wendorf voted in its favor.

A business with a winery license is allowed to have three satellite licenses. In other words, it could sell its manufactured wine at three locations across the state, according to Wyoming statute 12-4-412(d).

This enables Sidekicks Bookbar to move ahead with its plans to open up on 507 Broadway St.

Sidekicks Bookbar owner Lisa Ryberg said while her business can only sell wine Jackson Hole Winery produces, “they’re really wonderful products.”

Jackson Hole Winery offers several different varietals including Rendezvous Red, 72 percent Cabernet Franc and 28 percent Syrah; and Catch and Release, 100 percent Zinfandel.

The winery has won silver medals at competitions including the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

Ryberg said she decided to open up a book bar because she is a Rock Springs native and thought the community needed a place to allow people to go out for an evening, enjoy wine and read books.

“Wine and books compliment each other, and together they should make a nice environment,” she said.

Books will cover a variety of subjects.

It will be “pretty much everything you find in a large-size bookstore.”

“My goal is to offer good books that are in demand and the new releases,” Ryberg said.

To go along with wine, the establishment will serve Mediterranean platters consisting of cheese and crackers; dips; and hummus along with deserts, she said.

The business is slated to open in January. More work has to be done, such as adding more furniture and determining what books to bring in.

For more on the winery, go to jacksonholewinery.com.

Article Courtesy of Rocket Miner Newspaper