Smash Wine Bar (1401 N 45th St) will be ending a nine-year run on 45th Street, with a quiet final day this Saturday, June 27th.
Owner Dana Hannon explained that the rent and fees had climbed considerably over the years to the point where she was paying double what she had when she signed her original lease, and it wasn’t economically feasible to stay put any more. She believes the new Mack Urban construction project next door hasn’t helped things either, and attributes $200,000 in lost sales to the construction project (not surprisingly, the construction crew wasn’t running up large tabs on rounds of Domain Armand Rousseau and Krug Clos d’Ambonnay. )
The new restaurant, which she hopes to cut the ribbon on in about a month and a half, will be named Kristeen’s and will be more focused on counter service and take out. (The odd spelling is from her middle name: she was delighted, but not surprised, to find an available domain name.)
Following the final turn of the “closed” sign at 11 pm on Saturday, Smash will be holding a sale of its inventory and equipment from noon to 5 pm on Sunday and Monday. Dana promises not only wines on sale, but bakeware, ovens, plates, silverware, furniture and more.
“I hope all of the regulars and people we’ve had a chance to get to know over the past five years come by and say hi,” she said. You’ve got three days.
It’s unclear what will go in Smash’s place. The move sounds like it may be coming as a surprise to the building’s owner, and Dana speculated that they would not be allowed to put another restaurant in the space without significant work, as her lease was grandfathered in from a permits perspective. This would be a tragedy, as Wallingford has few enough spots with outdoor seating as is.
(Thanks for the tip, Megan!)