A well-placed source who is no stranger to the perpetually long check-out lines of Whole Foods Market's subterranean Columbus Circle location shares some sad news: The cute little wine shop tucked into the back of the store has been closed. It was such a nice little feature of the supermarket. No word yet on why it's been shuttered, but it might have something to do with the New York State Liquor Authority. Back in August, the Times and Post reported on threats to revoke the store's liquor license, because it didn't have a street-level entrance or sell only booze. Perhaps the wheels of state bureaucracy finally caught up with the place. I'm going to try to follow up on this one, but until I can figure otherwise, I'd say that's the likely cause.
Oh, and for the teetotalers among you, I discovered that the liquor board posts on its website a conveniently updated list of dry and partially dry towns in the state [PDF]. There aren't many of them, and the population of the 11 completely dry towns totaled less than 20,000 people, as of 2000.
The few, the proud, the always sober ... (He types, sipping an Argentinean Malbec from Astor Wines.)