Local Wine Shop and Cafe Closing Short Pump Location This Weekend

A popular local wine shop and cafe in Short Pump is closing its doors at the end of the month. Barrel Thief, in the Shoppes at Westgate, will shut down July 28th, according to management. The decision, according to owner Ross Mattis, was based on a decision by him and his family to move back to his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island at the same time he comes up for renewal on his location’s lease.

The Patterson location is unaffected by Short Pump’s closure.

Before the last day of business on Saturday, Mattis will be hosting several events and specials, including a wine tasting featuring vino from the Williamette Valley tomorrow the 26th, and a $1 France vs. California tasting on Friday the 27th.

All wine will be 20% for the rest of the week.

A portion of the letter Mattis sent out to customers announcing the location’s closing via email this morning is below.

On September 22, 2007 Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Cafe opened for business in Short Pump and my dreams came true. Some boys grow up dreaming of playing in Fenway Park, becoming a firefighter or flying a jet plane. I grew up dreaming of becoming a host. When someone would ask if I saw the glass as half empty or half full, I would tell them that I saw a glass that needed to be topped off.

Unfortunately, as the official host of the Short Pump Barrel Thief, I have to deliver the bad news that Short Pump’s final day of business will be Saturday, July 28th.

Though I am very sad to be closing our doors in Short Pump and leaving the city I have loved for 10 years, I am very excited that Richmond will continue to have our Patterson location for the best wine in town. We will still be the only restaurant that is crazy enough to charge retail price in a restaurant.

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