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My Town Kalamazoo: Henderson Castle 'wine cave' approved
My Town Kalamazoo: Henderson Castle 'wine cave' approved

KALAMAZOO, Mich.---  The wine will soon be flowing from a "cave" at a Kalamazoo landmark.

On Thursday, Aug. 14,  Kalamazoo Project Coordinator Pete Eldridge says the zoning board of appeals unanimously approved allowing the proprietor of Henderson Castle  open a 180-square-foot “wine cave” on the property.  The board also waived a city ordinance requiring additional off-street parking.

Francois Moyet’s plans call for the wine cave to be open to the public from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. daily, from April 1 to Oct. 31.   The wine cave is already built into Henderson Castle’s hillside and features a bar and patio seating for approximately 24 people.  In a petition posted online, Moyet says the wine cave will feature vintages from the nearby Fenn Valley Vineyards.

Henderson Castle dates back to 1895. Eldredge says the 11,000-square-foot structure previously housed a law practice before it was purchased and transformed into a wedding and tourist destination, complete with a 10-room bed and breakfast, outdoor reception area and 40-seat ground floor restaurant.  

Moyet says he's reinvested approximately $250,000 into the landmark over the past three years, creating approximately 25 jobs with more to come as business increases.