There will be no more pairings at Coppervine after Valentine's Day, as owner Don Sritong is shuttering his Lincoln Park restaurant following service on Feb. 14. Coppervine, which Sritong hoped would "change the way people think" about beverage pairings, was in business for more than a year, opening on Dec. 3, 2013.
Sritong writes in an email that the restaurant just didn't draw enough business. "We simply did not get enough people through the door," he writes. "Like a child you pour your heart and soul into it hoping that you will raise a happy and successful person. It saddens me that I will never get a chance to see Coppervine grow up."
Coppervine was a unique concept, suggesting a choice of three different beverage pairings (wine, beer, cocktail) for every dish, in a sleek two-floor space reminiscent of a wine cellar. Michael Taus was the opening consulting chef, staying until May 2014, and is gearing up to open Taus Authentic in around two weeks.
As for Coppervine, it will participate in Restaurant Week and finish up with a four-course prix fixe on Valentine's Day.