Fort Worth business combines car repairs, bottle service

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by LAUREN ZAKALIK

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Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

FORT WORTH -- One of Fort Worth's newest watering holes has curious onlookers pumping the brakes.

Kent and Co. Wines pairs Will Churchill's love of cars with his passion for wine. It's a one-stop shop for vehicle repairs and a large selection of vino.

"I didn’t know what it was when I saw the cars," said Fort Worth resident Michael Cardarelli, referring to the two-story car window display.

"It throws a lot of people for a loop because you walk past, you see cars inside and so you’re like, ‘What’s going on?'" Churchill said.

Churchill is the man behind the new business housed in a building built from the ground up in just 80 days.

He also owns the area's Frank Kent car dealerships and realized many of his customers were living in or near downtown Fort Worth. So, instead of having them drive all the way to his dealerships on Highway 820 for car repairs, he opened Kent and Co. Wines on West Magnolia in June.

You can make an appointment online 24 hours in advance, drop off your car the morning of your appointment and get a ride to and from work while they service your car at the shop. They'll bring your car back to the Magnolia location when it's ready.

And for Churchill, a wine lover, he felt what better way to best utilize this satellite service station than to combine it with a wine bar and retail shop? He already has a wine shop inside his Cadillac dealership, too.

Cardarelli stopped in with his wife Wednesday simply out of curiosity. He called the concept "great."

Churchill said those concerned his business mixes drinking and driving need not worry.

"When you come here, it's no different than if you’re going to any other establishment up and down this street," he said. "We have trained bartenders and we have trained sommeliers who know when too much is too much for someone."

He added that 99 percent of his customers are there for strictly one service or the other -- wine or cars.

Churchill said wine available in the retail store ranges from $15 to $4,000 a bottle. There are appetizers and desserts available, as well as "mocktails" (alcohol-free drinks).

The business is located at 1101 W. Magnolia and opens at 6:45 a.m. for car service, and closes as late as 1 a.m. for the wine bar.

E-mail lzakalik@wfaa.com

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