MANSFIELD — The City Council on Monday cleared the way for the next new thing in Mansfield – a wine bar.The unanimous vote expanded the list of permitted businesses in the nearly completed Villas & Shoppes di Lucca, a retail and residential development at 1601 E. Debbie Lane, and put the dreams of two local wine enthusiasts and good friends within reach."Growing up, wine was a part of all of our family gatherings. So it was very natural for me to move into a business like this," said April Ragsdale, a former wedding planner who is teaming with Carroll Burney to open a wine bar they have named Poured. "We wanted it to be an extension of the living room where we all get together to celebrate or commiserate, or just enjoy."The council, unsure how or whether the city’s smoking ordinance would apply to a wine bar, found the proprietors agreeable to adding a no-smoking restriction to the planned-development documents of the Villas & Shoppes.Ragsdale said they plan on a preliminary opening in November to catch the holidays, and a grand opening around the first of the next year.Poured is among a stampede of tenants who have quickly leased most of the 27,000 square feet of space in the complex’s two retail buildings in the past few months. The buildings will have three floors of upscale apartments above the first-floor businesses.Developer Kim McCaslin-Schlieker announced to the News-Mirror on Monday that she has leased space for a family clinic operated by Methodist Health Systems. And she said more than 100 of the 174 apartments have been leased, and construction on the complex is not even complete. The project broke ground less than a year ago.But McCaslin-Schlieker is especially proud of the wine bar."I was really excited," she said. "We don’t have any use like that in town today."Poured also will serve a variety of beers, along with cold foods that couple well with wine, such cheese, fruit and hummus. No liquor will be sold, Ragsdale said."The plan for Poured is an upscale wine bar providing a high-end, cozy location for socializing, date night, girls’ night out or after-work spot," Ragsdale said to the council, reading from a statement. She added that they also plan to spend time "educating the community about wines and pairings."
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