For those putting away their cowboy boots upon hearing the news that Brix, the Western-themed wine bar in Cave Creek, had shuttered on Sunday, take heart. The cork-poppin' ain't over yet.
After five years of ownership, husband-and-wife team Brian and Nancy Frank are closing their little wine shop in Stagecoach Village to start what they're calling a new chapter in their lives. Notably, another iteration of Brix.
Called Brix Wine & Bistro, the Franks' newest concept will feature wine as well as more food items and open in the former home of Bad Donkey (at the southwest corner of Cave Creek Road and Tom Darlington Drive) in May.
A farewell post on Brix Wine Spot's Facebook page had this to say:
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"Well folks today is our 5 year Anniversary of Brix Wine Spot and it's also our last day here. When we opened five years ago, all we had in mind was to open up a wine bar and have some fun. We had absolutely no idea of what would be in store for us. Over this time, we have met so many new friends that we now consider family. We have shared some extremely special moments with all of you and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us live our dream every day! Of all the great memories I have, I'd like to share just one. We had a couple that came in quite often and she passed away a couple years ago. After the gentleman's family and friends had all come and left, and he had the first night to himself, he didn't want to stay home alone, so he thought, "What would Debbie want to do tonight?" He thought to himself that she would want to come here, so he came by and we split a bottle of wine in memory of Debbie. That was the night that I knew we had created something special here.
I often get asked what it is about our business that I love the most. While we have made so many friends, that isn't the answer. We have no notion of raising money for charities when we opened, but we are extremely proud of the fact that in our little shop, over $150,000 has been raised for charity in our five years. This doesn't happen without having the most generous of people contributing their time, resources, and money. Thanks to our guests, we have truly made a difference in so many lives!
Well it's time to end this chapter, but we look forward to starting up a new one in just a few weeks. It's been a heck of a ride, and we are so honored to have spent it with you. Thank you, thank you."