Houston Wine Bar Plans for a Sad Farewell After a Decade in the Heights

Owner Farrah Cauley of Sonoma Wine Bar has announced that the Heights location at 801 Studewood is closing after a decade in business. Its last day of business is Sunday, June 26, so there’s still plenty of time to raise a last glass, enjoy a final meal and buy some bottles to take home. In fact, on the last day of business, Cauley is planning for a huge, try-before-you-buy wine sale from 2 to 6 p.m. The Upper Kirby location at 2720 Richmond and Katy shop at 9920 Gaston are expected to remain open.

The reason for closing is due to not being able to reach mutually agreeable new lease terms with the landlord. In the email, Cauley wrote that she’d tried for several months, but had to make the decision “based on what my business can afford.” The beautiful, two-story wine bar with a full-size kitchen and menu has been a staple in the Heights — long before the big boom of new openings that came once the Heights was no longer “dry” and liquor licenses were feasible.

On the positive side, Cauley also said she’s planning on opening a new Sonoma Wine Bar location somewhere not too far from the current one.

“I will miss this community, which I love. I will cherish the many memories made over the last 10-years. I loved being the spot that Santa would visit each year for pictures during Lights in the Heights, and where our Paws For Wine charity tasting events raised thousands of dollars for local shelters and animal rescue groups. I’m proud to have been the small business the local schools and organizations could count on for support and donations year after year. I loved each and every story customers would share with me, like how Sonoma was where they met their now spouse, or us being their first place they came with their new born, or being the place they could walk to 3-4 times in a week,” Cauley wrote.

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