diners made to pick up a six-pack of beer before ordering a giant bowl of Washugyu beef pho next door. The market's strip mall location was ideal, considering it was just one doorstop away from chef Perry Cheung's Vietnamese restaurant, which just celebrated its one-year-anniversary after taking over the old Chego storefront last July.
But ever since The Overland Market suddenly shuttered, seemingly overnight, Phorage diners have had to find a new spot to get liquored up before getting pho'd up. That new spot is Vintage Wine + Market
, a specialty wine and cheese shop that officially opened Friday, July 25.
Owned by the folks behind Hollywood wine bar and restaurant Vintage Enetoca
, the shop is noticeably sparse and open. The walls have been painted olive green — one of which is adorned with the words "in wine we trust" — and the 850-square-foot space formerly occupied by aisles of densely-packed candy, snacks and canned goods is now devoted to dark wooden pedestals of wine and crackers.
Overland Market, which opened in 2001 according to its Yelp page, was known for being one of the few markets in the neighborhood that sold both refills and bottles of the purified mineral water Alka Water. Eater LA
called it "the dingiest space in L.A." but we'd beg to differ. The aisles were stocked with exactly what we always needed, from ice cream to beer to Lotto tickets, and the service was exceptionally friendly, right down to cashiers who offered to crack open a cold one for us before we walked over to Phorage.
While Vintage Wine + Market mostly specializes in organic boutique wines from Europe, California and the Pacific Northwest, there's also a fridge carrying mix-and-match German, Belgian and locally-brewed beers and Italian meats and cheeses to go. This place carries booze we probably wouldn't be able to find at the average convenience store — but not surprisingly, it's also a bit pricier. BYOB just got a little more expensive.
Editor's note: This post has been changed since initial publication.
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The Overland Market, a family-owned liquor store in Palms, was always the first stop