A native of Kalamazoo, Chef James found his culinary roots at another downtown location...
For a late night big city feel in the heart of Kalamazoo, The Wine Loft is the perfect place to catch up with friends, enjoy a wine tasting, and sometimes even meet the wine makers. Housed in the historic "Haymarket" building in Downtown Kalamazoo, the Wine Loft is proud to be a part of such a cool legacy. You can read a little about the building if you enter into the building from 'Lot 9' in the rear. There is a sign posted near the elevators which reads:
"Renovated in 1981, this building became "The Haymarket" due to the location of the Municipal Hay Market in the late 1800's directly north of this site. Originally constructed in 1908, the building was the home of the Edwards and Chamberlin Hardware Company until it became Kalamazoo's downtown location for Sears, Roebuck and Co."
Millennium Restaurant Group must have a thing for old department stores as the Wine Loft is its fourth concept downtown which is located where once there was an opportunity to shop! The other's being the Union located in the old Gilmore's Department Store, Cityscape Event Center, located on the second floor of what was also Gilmore's Department Store and finally, The Epic Bistro/Central City Taphouse which was Jacobsen's Department Store. MRG took over operations of the Wine Loft in February of 2011.
Upon acquiring the Wine Loft, the decision was made to expand the menu and beverage offerings. The decor was left virtually untouched as the previous owners went to great lengths to bring out the natural beauty of the old building. Exposed brick walls, original beams and the cozy loft space make for a really warm and inviting atmosphere. As an 11-year veteran with Millennium Restaurant Group, Chef James Allen heads our Kitchen and does and incredible job with the food. It is simply delicious. We're here for you to grab a bite after a show, or just unwind after work. We believe our menu and beverage selections have something for everyone. The Wine Loft caters to private parties up to 150 and can work with a range of budgets. For more information or to book a party, please call us at (269) 343-9227. Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner, desserts, drinks, and of course, a brilliant selection of wine from locations near and far.