Wednesday, February 18, 2009

News-Star: Fontana Is "The Recession Restaurant"

How One Owner Caters to the Economy
By DIMITRIOS KALANTZIS, Contributing Reporter

On a quiet Monday evening, manager Mike Carothers fills his time by refilling small votive candleholders for each of the 12 tables in the restaurant.

Since it opened in October, Fontana Grill and Wine Bar at 1329 W. Wilson has weathered the economic storm that has almost altogether swallowed its weekday customers.

But despite what intuition may dictate, a recession can be a perfect opportunity to establish a new restaurant, some owners and consultants say, just as long as the planning is right. Read the entire article here.


  1. any news when this wine bar will get a liquor license?

  2. They have it. This is a good place to eat.

  3. According to the article, "Fontana's liquor license was approved by the city and he expects to open the wine bar in the coming weeks."

  4. I'm glad they are surviving. Brings some positive visual enhancement to the area with their beautiful patio area and the FOOD is Really good. Hope they thrive in the future.

  5. I wonder why, if he's got the liquor license, he won't be serving wine for a few weeks?