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Downtown Wilmington welcomes new upscale bar

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Another bar downtown? It's true and local Wilmington leaders are giving it a thumbs up. They say this new upscale wine bar brings a different taste to the downtown bar scene.

The Fortunate Glass co-owners Denise Fortuna and Celeste Glass wanted to step outside the box.

"There was multiple bars and establishments downtown and we wanted to create something that was a little bit different to provide a different service and to appeal to a different niche and market," said Glass.

The new upscale wine, beer and tapas bar is the newest addition to the downtown Central Business District.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said, "I think the location that they have here and the money they've put in here and the committment to make it a very small, intimate and classy place I think is a little bit different than some of the larger venues that we've had issues with in the past."

It's an establishment that stands apart from the rest says Wilmington Downtown Incorporated's Executive Director John Hinnant. Downtown safety has been the topic of conversation for many New Hanover County residents and while Hinnant says the last thing downtown needs is another bar he says The Fortunate Glass is in a class all it's own.

"When I say harness nightlife and harness the restaurant and hospitality industry is to work to bring in businesses like this," said Hinnant. "A little higher end and little bit more expensive. It's a better quality clientele and better quality consumer."

The Fortunate Glass has been open for a month. Fortuna and Glass know about the safety and violence issues in downtown Wilmington but say they have yet to have any problems of their own. The two say they were waiting for months for a prime location to open up on Front Street and when it did they knew it was time to start up the business.

"This is the only place that we would consider opening was here on front street," said Fortuna. "It's right where everybody is at and where the tourists are and where the locals come. We haven't had any problems at all and we've been perceived very well by everybody."

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