Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Three Layers Adds More Layers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Three Layers Adds More Layers

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The cozy compound at Three Layers Coffee House expanded last month with the addition of The Cellar wine bar and adjacent Zen garden.

This means, in under a year, the Springfield locale has grown from a dessert and coffee shop and gone on to add light lunches, live music, art openings, wine 'n' cheese and feats of landscape wonder. Oh, and there's a snazzy little private party/dining room now, too, wired with an iPod docking station and perfect for groups of around 20, far more if you want to take the party out into the garden. And, after all, who doesn't want the chance to say that they went to a garden party? Reminisced with their old friends?

Owners Jeff Wright and Shawn McGuire's penchant for cosmopolitan style, accented with local treasures, carries on into the wine bar decor. As it is in the coffeehouse, the art is local, rotating on a loose schedule of monthly art shows. The next is slated for Sept. 19, and the artists provide, "about an hour's worth of wine," according to McGuire's time-alcohol conversion.

The sudsy products of Riverside's own Bold City Brewery are exclusively on draft, and the tap designs are works of art in themselves. The eye-catching concrete bar, embedded with metal trinkets, was poured by a local artisan.

In addition to the 20 varieties of wine, plus Bold City and bottled beers, The Cellar offers the wine bar fare you like to see: cheese plates, assorted fruit, hummus and pita, queso dip and a tomato-mozzarella salad. And, any of the made-in-house desserts, beverages, salads and sandwiches from the coffee side are happily served to the wine side.

Happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays and features $2 drafts and $4 house wines. You'll enjoy live music at least three nights a week starting at 7 p.m., and that schedule, along with that of The Cellar's monthly wine tastings ($5 for a sampling of three whites and three reds), is available at threelayersacoffeehouse. …

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