Thursday, March 28, 2013
Matthew Amaral, owner of Grapes & Grains liquor store in Barrington, has got his sights set on a second location in Connecticut.
Matthew Amaral looked ahead – not backward – on Wednesday as Grapes & Grains liquor store in Barrington reached its first anniversary. He opened on March 27, 2012, as the proprietor of a store that got the town’s very first liquor license. A celebration of the start of his second year in business is planned in a few weeks, Amaral said. By that event, he said , he might be ready to announce the location of his second store in Connecticut. “We’re ready to go,” he said. “We know what’s working. I’m ready to put my business model to the test in a second location.” Amaral, who also works in insurance sales, was in and out of the Bosworth Street store on Wednesday -- usually the wine-tasting day. Peter Andrews, his general manager and wine …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Grapes & Grains liquor store is hosting a 'Taste of Barrington' fundraiser the homeless featuring 10 local eateries with music by singer Pat McGee.
Get a taste -- a big taste -- of Barrington on Saturday evening, Jan. 12, to benefit the East Bay Coalition for the Homeless. Ten of Barrington's restaurants and eateries will be serving up samples of their food at Grapes & Grains liquor store at 24 Bosworth St. from 6 to 8 pm. The cost is $20 per person. All proceeds go to the homeless coalition. Enjoy music while you eat and drink? Barrington singer and song writer Pat McGee, of Pat McGee Band renown, will add live music to go along with the food and some of Grapes & Grains' best selections of wines and craft beer. The 10 local eateries include Chiazza, Tong-D, Sushi Express, Tyler Point Grille, Trendy's, The Sweet Shoppe, Casual Catering, Miz Fibz, Billy's and Persimmon of Bristol, …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Grapes & Grains and Heartworks team up to collect much needed supplies for victims of Superstorm Sandy in northern New Jersey.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Victims of Superstorm Sandy in northern New Jersey got some much-needed supplies of clothing, food, water, blankets and other items straight from the heart of Barrington last Thursday. Grapes & Grains and Heartworks of Barrington collaborated on a drive to collect items for victims of the storm in the town of Rumson in Monmouth County, NJ. Rumson sits southeast of Staten Island not far from where the hurricane made landfall. The location was selected because the liquor store’s general manager, Peter Andrews, has a former girlfriend whose family lives there. The items were driven there on Thursday, Nov. 8. “It’s a town very much like Barrington,” Andrews said. “Places in that town, like some of the bars and restaurants where we used to hang…
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Barrington Republican Town Committee is hosting a reception and wine tasting on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Grapes & Grains; U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley is a special guest.
Fine wine and politics will mix again in Barrington on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21. The Barrington Republican Town Committee is holding another reception and wine tasting for town council, school committee and legislative candidates at Grapes & Grains liquor store, 24 Bosworth St. A special guest will be U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley, who is challenging Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, said Steve Primiano, chairman of the GOP Town Committee. The Sunday reception runs from 2 to 4 pm. "The reception is open to anyone interested in learnging more about the local Republican slate," said Primiano. "Complimentary hor's douvres and wine will be offered. There is no charge." You can also learn more about the GOP Town Committee and the Republican …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
The Barrington Democratic Town Committee and Grapes & Grains liquor store will host a "Meet the Candidates' event at 5 pm.
Democratic politics and fine wine will mix today, Sept. 9, in Barrington. A "Meet the Candidates" night is being hosted by the Democratic Town Committee at Grapes & Grains liquor store, 24 Bosworth St. It runs from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is welcome. The event will include an informal wine tasting and reception, said Mary Alyce Gasbarro, chair of the Barrington Democratic Town Committee “Grapes and Grains will provide a variety of new and interesting wines for your sampling,” she said, “while local candidates for Town Council, School Committee and Town Moderator, along with candidates for State Representative in Districts 66 and 67 will answer your questions.” “Come out to support your favorite candidates, learn more about the issues in this …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Grapes & Grains' owner Matthew Amaral adopts a state-owned
Grapes & Grains liquor store has adopted a spot in Barrington -- the intersection of Bosworth Street and Rumstick Road. "I look at it three, four, five times a day," said owner Matthew Amaral, whose liquor store sits just west of this spot on Bosworth Street."It was so unkept." The before photo shows what the spot looked like before Amaral adopted it. The after photo shows what the spot looks like now. "I talked to the president of the garden club first," Amaral said. "I was told the spot was owned by the state. The club couldn't garden it." Amaral's next step was talking to Alan Corvi, Barrington's public works director. He explained the process of getting involved in the RI Department of Transportation's adopt-a-spot program. Amaral …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Matthew Amaral cuts a ribbon at his store, Grapes & Grains, courtesy of the East Bay Chamber of Commerce; it opened about six weeks ago.
“It’s still a dream come true,” said Matthew Amaral late Wednesday afternoon at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for his Barrington liquor store. Amaral finally got around to cutting a ribbon at Grapes & Grains after a bit more than six weeks in business on Bosworth Street. The ribbon was held between the two doorways to the wine room. The East Bay Chamber of Commerce actually arranged the ceremony as a networking event. It’s something the chamber tries to do for a new business once a month, said Suzanne Munroe, administrative assistant at the chamber. Amaral opened the store on March 27. But the first day was more of a family celebration, not a grand opening. See the Patch story on the opening. Approximately 50-60 chambers members sent in RSVPs…