Savvy Cellar To Close

Savvy Cellar Set To Close Its Doors

Most Popular Wine Bar in San Francisco Bay Area to Become an Animal Center  

Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Wine Shop, a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula for the past six and a half years, the last two years in Downtown Mountain View has decided to shut its doors.

Savvy Cellar Founder & Owner, Jennifer Ayre, indicated “launching and building this wine bar and wine shop was a childhood dream and became a lifelong passion of mine.  Deciding to cease operations was not an easy decision.  We hope all of our countless loyal customers will understand.

Savvy Cellar will be converted to an animal center over the next month.  As Palo Alto considers shutting its animal shelter due to the discontinuation of funding from Mountain View, who will no longer use the regional facility, Savvy Cellar (tentatively to be renamed “Animal Cellar” or “Animal Depot”) hopes to fill the void.

Fortunately no jobs will be lost – Savvy Cellar management has met with current employees and assured all of them that they will be retained as employees of the new Animal Center.

Savvy Cellar Sommelier Joel Kampfe:  “The transition shouldn’t be difficult for me as I studied Agricultural Science and Veterinary Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  I love the vine and the swine.

“Anonymous” from another community, a frequent commenter on Mountain View Voice online was quoted (anonymously of course):  “Back when they <Savvy Cellar> opened in Mountain View, I didn’t give them but 6 months in business.  But they sure proved me wrong.  And now I’m pleased to see the Train Depot building turn into a more appropriate use.  Additionally it will be great to see more mixed use come to Downtown Mountain View and not just another restaurant.

Animal advocates are hopeful that the downtown Mountain View location will increase adoption rates for animals.  Residents and commuters alike could now adopt an animal and then take advantage of a “doggie daycare” service operating out of the same facility – that way the animals can continue to have a connection with the shelter they previously called home and many people who otherwise would not have been suitable candidates for pet adoption due to their hectic Silicon Valley lifestyles can enjoy owning a pet!

Original Savvy Cellar employee and long-time customer favorite Winston Jones added:  “Many of our customers after last call act like animals so I think this will be a welcome change.  Furthermore I was getting kinda tired of people asking if they could buy train tickets from me.”

Savvy Cellar will remain open to the wine & beer adoring public during the month of April as the facility will be converted.  Management hopes customers will enjoy seeing the new facility take shape and love interacting with the otherwise abandoned and forlorn animals enjoying their new space.  Many vineyards are biodynamic in their practices so it is really cutting edge to think about how animals can find a new home in what was formerly a wine bar and wine shop.  As life for this purveyor of the vine ends its time, the train for swine (er, furry friends) has indeed arrived just in the nick of time.

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3 Responses to Savvy Cellar To Close

  1. shannon says:

    I am so sad! One of my favorite places….and they really did have the best classes of anyone in the Winston……..looks like I better get by for that glass of champagne pretty quick. You are all most awesome. : (

  2. Wayne Wong says:

    This year’s dog days apparently switched months to April. A more tragic transition hath never before transcended into thirsty thinkers’ train of thought—oh, where can we go now for yummy juice of the grape, brown cow? Get thee hence ye paws and beaks and fins and feathers fine—but guide us first to a wassail where we can wet lips with good wine!
    Frankly when I first saw the headline I nearly choked before realizing what day it was. I hate April Fools!

  3. This article is very confusing. Closing is one thing, but transitioning a wine business and team to a pet business, with the same team is just weird.

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