While bars and restaurants abound in Laguna Beach, Chris Olsen and Jeff Schroeder contend that locals deserve a watering hole for their favorite glass of Pinot Noir as well.
The two co-founders of Wine Gallery, which opened its first location in Corona del Mar in 1999, plan to open a second location in Laguna Beach in mid-July.
Olsen, a Laguna Beach resident and owner of Mile 216 wines, said his town seemed like the perfect place to expand.
"There's not a single wine bar," he said.
Laguna's concept will be different than the original, with a larger focus on food because it will have a full kitchen, Olsen said. It will offer small plates and pizzas from a wood-fired oven.
The Wine Gallery in CdM, which started out as a wine bar and shop, found success when it opened up a partial kitchen about three years ago. Schroeder said they'll watch Laguna as an example, and may plan to expand CdM's kitchen in the future.