By Steven Smalley
Swirl Wine Bar in the Magnolia Village may soon become a neighborhood pub called The Nook. The new owner for the space on McGraw Street is waiting on permits and if all goes well the changeover will happen in early May.
Swirl is currently closed and there is brown paper covering the windows.
Greenwood resident David Shelnut is enthusiastic about the prospects for his new restaurant. ?It was love at first sight,? said Shelnut. He has 19 years in the restaurant business and plans to open what he calls a cozy neighborhood establishment offering small seasonal food plates along with wine, and 8-12 local microbrews on-tap. Shelnut wants to make The Nook a welcoming place for diners to relax and enjoy. He says the still under construction menu will feature appetizers, soups, and salads along with seasonal fare. He also says customers can expect lots of attention from the owner plus a friendly bartender and table service.
The outdoor dining portion of the restaurant will remain in operation, weather permitting and Shelnut wants us to remind customers that there is air conditioning for hot weather.
Shelnut expects to hit the ground running after all the permits are in place. The previous owners of Swirl, which Shelnut says was a successful operation, are moving to the San Francisco area.
We will keep you posted and let you know when The Nook opens.