Update: At noon, we got word from Amanti Vino that they “…have all permits in place and Amanti Vino’s Vinoteca is back open.”
A tipster tells us that on Saturday night, plainclothes police officers approached several tables of patrons who were drinking wine at Amanti Vino’s Vinoteca — the new outside table area on Church Street in front of the wine purveyor. We’re told officers took down names, addresses and telephone numbers of three couples, but assured the customers that they had done nothing wrong; that the police were merely gathering information about the establishment.
And now there’s a message on the Vinoteca page at Amanti Vino’s website, which reads in part: “…the powers that be have asked us to temporarily put our Vinoteca operation on hold. We are hopeful that we will be able to resolve this issue in a timely fashion.”
One theory is that nearby restaurants with liquor licenses might have complained about Amanti Vino’s new ability to let its customers consume the wine it sells right on the sidewalk in front of the store. We’ve reached out to the Montclair Police Department and Alcohol Beverage Control for more information.