Sunday, December 28, 2003

Dilly Deli adds wine cellar, dining space



By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Robbie Warinner, who co-owns the Dilly Deli in Mariemont stocks wines such as Toasted Head Chardonnay Russian River.
(Tony Jones photo)
MARIEMONT - A popular place to eat or take home imported wine and food is bigger and easier to find.

Dilly Deli Wines & Gourmet in Mariemont recently added a new wine cellar in the rear of the existing store in the Mariemont Strand.

The addition gives the restaurant, tucked in the back of Mariemont's downtown, storefront exposure along Wooster Pike.

"We're kind of tucked away in the back where nobody can see us,'' said Robbie Warinner, who co-owns Dilly Deli with her husband, Chuck. "We have been here eight years and there are many, many people who drive by everyday and they have no idea we are here because we had no frontage on Wooster."

The new wine cellar holds about 800 selections, specializing mostly in California wines not found in most chain stores, Chuck Warinner said.

"We are not trying to compete with Kroger and Biggs and Meijer. We are trying to give (customers) the alternative," he said. "We have international wines, French, Spanish, Italian, German and South American and Australian."

There also is more room to savor in the 70-seat dining room, which has grown by an additional 25 seats. There's also a new courtyard.

"Our dining room was getting to the point where we didn't have enough seating," Robbie Warinner said. "This really opens up our dining room and makes the wine more accessible. It's easier to see what we have and to find what you need."

The space for the addition comes from half of the adjacent Tapestry Gifts. Owner Judy Jackson said downsizing was necessary because business fell over the past three years. The shop opened in the Mariemont Strand seven years ago.

E-mail jedwards@enquirer.com.




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