Graft Wine Shop co-owners Miles White and Femi Oyediran opened the doors to the King Street retail store and bar over the weekend for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. Initial opening hours for bar service will be Thursday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m.
“We just wanted to wait until we felt there were some standards developed in terms of protocol in the industry and local community and then also we wanted to give ourselves enough time to observe so we could understand how to manage expectations on how our type of service could exist in a post-COVID world,” Oyediran said.
“Also most importantly our staff needed to feel comfortable and safe coming back to work. So once we checked all the boxes we made for ourselves, we proceeded.”
Customers will notice a few new things inside the shop, starting with White’s hair — he’s sporting a new mullet, as the wine shop pointed out on its weekly email newsletter. There’s also fewer tables, outdoor seating and added safety protocols including strict mask mandates for patrons who get up from their tables. Only guests who are seated with a table will be allowed to drink inside the shop.
Graft has been closed for seven months, but White and Oyediran have been connecting with the community through their light-hearted yet informative email newsletters and weekly Good Neighbor Sunday event. The daytime parking lot gathering, which has hosted guests like Babas on Cannon, Dough Boyz Pizza and Pub Fare, will continue each week moving forward. Graft will also continue to offer curbside pick-up daily from 12-7 p.m.
For more information or to place an order for pick-up, visit graftchs.com.