At the end of August, the Biltmore corridor will come up one spot short of a place to score adult libations: Sportsman's Fine Wines & Spirits is shuttering.
A combination wine bar and liquor boutique, Sportsman's is known for its offerings of more than 3,000 brands of wine, an extensive selection of single malt scotches, and top-shelf spirits from all over the world. It also features a comfortable in-house bar and small-plate bistro as well as a staff of friendly and knowledgeable sommeliers.
Located at 3205 East Camelback Road (at the Southeast corner of 32nd Street and Camelback), Sportsman's originated as a corner liquor store in the 1950s. The shop changed ownership in the late 1960s and then again in 1987, when its focus shifted to wine, spirits, and scotch.
Bashas', the Arizona-based, family-owned grocery chain, acquired Sportsman's in 2007.
The Republic reports Edward Basha III, president and CEO of Bashas', confirmed that the wine and spirit store is closing and that the company, "is working to place the 15 Sportsman's employees in positions at AJ's Fine Foods, which the company also owns."
Valley chef-legend Mark Tarbell, the Republic goes on to say, is expected to take over the space left vacant by Sportsman's, which is adjacent to his restaurant, Tarbell's.