A family-owned wine cafe is ready for take off at its newest location.
Flights Wine Cafe opened June 12 in Arvada, sharing a location with Billy D’s coffee shop at 14705 W. 64th Ave. The cafe serves coffee until 2 p.m. and wine after 4 p.m.
Donn Bruns, owner of Flights, said the partnership with his friend Billy Davis, who owns Billy D’s, started as a way to fulfill a need in west Arvada.
“There’s really no other wine cafe. There’s no one serving flights on the west side of Arvada, so that’s what we’re doing. We’re filling a void as we see it. We’re really excited to get to know the west side of Arvada,” Bruns said. “We live in the northwest part of Arvada and have been there 16 years, and we hope they are as happy to have us there as we are to be there.”
Bruns is a professional photographer and said he would often attend state-style dinners and host gallery openings where chefs and sommeliers would serve wine with dinners and hors d’oeuvres. He realized he wanted to do the same thing some day. After extensive research and visits to more than 100 wine cafes around the world, Donn and his wife, Marcia, opened Flights in its original location in 2010 in Morrison. Two things make Flights unique, Bruns said: serving wine by the flight and creating a menu around the wine selection. Bruns said about 70 percent of orders are flights, or 2-ounce pours of three different wines that are presented together for sampling and comparison.
”We realized probably 90 percent of [other cafes] did not do flights, and we thought what a void that is in the marketplace — not to have somebody out there that’s doing more or less a full tasting for people through the flights, so that’s why we called the restaurant Flights,” he said.
Bruns created the menu to complement the wine, unlike many other locations where wine is usually ordered to accompany a meal.
“No. 1, we’re a wine bar,” Bruns said. “The wines are most important and the foods are secondary. That doesn’t mean we don’t put some really good foods to go with the wines.”
Flights serves 120 different wines from around the world, with nearly every continent represented at the Morrison location and 65 at the Arvada location so far, with room to grow to meet the wishes of locals’ palettes.
“We want to see what the local feel and taste is because every area is going to have different requests and requirements for what they like,” Bruns said. “When people come in and say, `I like this’ or `Why don’t you get that,’ we honor those requests and that will be the other half of the wine menu.”
Though Flights serves wines from all over the world, it also focuses on Colorado, serving Garfield Estates, Two Rivers and Cold Terrace.
While the Arvada location has only been open for about two weeks, customers are already pleased with what they are tasting.
“It’s fabulous,” said Tristina Swartz, of Arvada, who was there with a friend June 21. “The food plate is great, the wine selection is nice and it’s in a nice setting. We both like wine and it’s close to home.”
Both Flights locations will also have musicians performing on a regular basis. For a schedule of events and a menu, go online to www.flightswinecafe.com.