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The newly renovated space at UnWine’d includes a feature wall filled with corks collected over the past 13 years at the restaurant. Emelia Attridge photo.




Check out the changes at UnWine’d

Where: 865 Second St., Manchester
Open: Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight; Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight; closed Sunday and Monday 
Call: 625-9463
Visit: unwined.net




UnWine’d slims down
Renovations bring restaurant full circle

02/20/14



 UnWine’d got a new look this fall. Previously, the Manchester restaurant occupied 7,000 square feet and four adjacent units at Mallard Pond Plaza on Second Street. Now, UnWine’d has slimmed down to its original 3,000-square-foot space.

“We still have a huge core of regulars that remember when it was this spot and when they come in they are so pleasantly happy,” owner Scot Kinney said. “The buzz I’m hearing, it’s almost like deja-vu back to 12 years ago when we first opened.”
Kinney made the decision to take UnWine’d back to its roots as the economy changed. Now, the main dining room, private dining space and bar all fit into what was formerly the private dining room and much of the kitchen.
“Seven thousand square feet is bigger than a lot of chain restaurants,” Kinney said. “After people get over the initial shock once they sit down, it has been an overwhelming unanimous, ‘Wow, we like it so much better.’ It’s so much more cozy.”
Previously, UnWine’d could accommodate 260 people in the main dining room. The new space seats 100, “which is still a good number for us,” Kinney said.
The restaurant remained open during the four-month renovation period, since much of the current space was formerly a private dining area. Familiar decorations, features and seating can still be found in the new space, like the couches and baby grand piano.
“We still have some couches. A lot of people will ask about that,” Kinney said. “Eventually this summer we’re going to turn that into a table, like the old-school piano bars where you can sit at the piano while he plays. That’s one of our projects when the snow melts.”
Other changes include a new bar, new bathrooms, carpeting and a feature wall filled with corks collected over the past 13 years. Kinney started collecting the corks, imagining that there would be some use for them down the road. Now, there are corks wall-to-wall from floor to ceiling.
“It’s all cork that people can relate to,” Kinney said. “This was the greatest move I’ve ever made in [these] 13 years.” 
 
As seen in the February 20, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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