Hoel put in his notice two weeks ago, after lining up investors for a downtown "speakeasy": a new venture he's modeling after New York's Milk & Honey and San Francisco's Bourbon & Branch. The members-only lounges sport quirky rules like no cell-phone use, no wingmen, no networking. In the beginning only invitees knew the bars' addresses.
Hoel expects his joint to debut in four or five months. It'll only be open Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, leaving him plenty of time to mug up for his second crack at the master sommelier exam next spring.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.