Vandalia is not a city for people who enjoy the finer things in life.  If you prefer drinking wine, listening to classical music, enjoying artwork, eating exotic cuisine, etc. Vandalia is not for you.  Our only venue to enjoy a high-brow evening was Cork & Vine, a wine gallery and lounge.  I had frequented Cork & Vine, celebrated personal victories over wine, the election of Obama over a cheese tray, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc.  It was a beloved bar to the community.

Sunday, my friend Jes and I decided to catch up over a drink at Cork & Vine.  We ended up having several more drinks (including a prosecco, 2 white sangrias, a sweet tart martini, and I’m not altogether sure what Jes ordered…) and didn’t leave until long after they closed.  In our celebratory mood and slightly inebriated state, Jes forgot her photo album she had brought to show me.  “No problem,” she reasoned when she got home, “I’ll go Monday after work and pick it up.”  Unbelievably, it was closed when she tried to retrieve it Monday.  Even more unbelievable is the explanation:  they just closed.  No rhyme or reason.  The servers showed up on Monday to discover they no longer had jobs, the customers drive by to see if there is a sign or something to explain the sudden closing.  Jes and I are left to wonder, how we could be Cork & Vine’s last customers ever?

The Dayton Daily News reported that the closing has to do with the owner not making enough profit to continue the operation of the bar section and will instead be expanding the liquor store next door.  This may have to do with the fact that the liquor store was recently issued a license to sell alcohol to businesses and restaurants. Read the full article here.

It’s really a shame that we lost such a gem.  Where else can I get a cheese tray?  Honestly?