Originally Published: June 6, 2014 6 a.m.
Prescott Crush Wine Café officially opened May 16. The new café celebrated its grand opening Thursday. And the restaurant already has a strong community following.
Friends Ronda Hayter and Michelle Clustka opened the business after more than two years of planning. "We offer a simple, casual and relaxed atmosphere where you can come in and have a nice glass of wine," Hayter said.
Prescott Crush is located in the Frontier Village Shopping Center, 1781 E. Highway 69, Suite 15. The café specializes in a variety of wines, craft beers and unique dining experiences.
"We have wine by the glass, bottle and also for retail," Hayter said. "We have wine from a variety of places: France, Spain, California, Oregon, Argentina, New Zealand - a wide variety of different wines."
"We also have nine craft beers on tap and two bottled," Clustka said.
Wednesday Wine Tastings, from 4 to 6 p.m., and more will be offered at the new Prescott business. On Thursdays, the café offers a bottle of wine and a small cheese plate for $25. On Sundays, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., opened wines will be sold by the glass for $5 until gone as part of their Sunday Wine Down special.
Besides regular specials, look for a Father's Day special on Sunday, June 15. On Sunday, June 22, the café will feature a local artist as part of their first Cork and Canvas event.
"People can sign up ahead of time. They get a blank canvas; paints, brushes and they get appetizers and a glass of wine or beer. From 1 to 3 p.m. the local artist will guide you through a painting. You get to do a painting as the artist does it," Clustka said. "We already have nine people signed up."
Besides a wide array of inside seating options, which includes bar seating, table seating, a lounge section, love seats and club chairs, Hayter and Clustka also are working on approval for outside dining options. The layout of the dining area can be moved around easily, Clustka said.
"Our dividers are on wheels. We've moved around our lounge section to accommodate large parties in a comfortable area, or separate a certain area," she said.
"We've had a lot of positive feedback. They like our food and they like our wine selection," Hayter said.
The Prescott Crush Wine Café menu offers a variety of starter dishes, salads, paninis, flatbread pizzas and dessert choices.
Customer favorites include the Crushetta, made with a number of spread options, such as brie, apple and fig; and warm artichoke spread with spinach and roasted red peppers, among other choices. Another customer favorite is the warm artichoke dip served with flatbread. Gluten-free options also are available upon request.
Both Hayter and Clustka extended their thanks to their husbands, Jim and Steve, and to their entire staff.
"Our chef, Harley Guy, has done an amazing job with our menu," Hayter said. "Our staff is amazing."
Menu choices include the grilled veggie panini, made with zucchini squash, roasted red peppers, spinach and artichoke spread; the roast beef panini, made with provolone, caramelized onions and stone-ground mustard; the grilled chicken flatbread pizza, made with fresh mozzarella, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers with white sauce and pesto; and the grilled veggie flatbread pizza, made with mozzarella, zucchini, yellow bell peppers, mushrooms and caramelized onions - among other options.
Salad choices include the Arugula Couscous Salad, made with sunflower seeds, feta, craisins, red peppers with basil and pesto vinaigrette; and the Mediterranean salad, made with cucumbers, tomato, red onion, yellow bell pepper, olives, and feta with Tzatziki dressing, as well as other choices.
Gift cards also are available at the café. Call Prescott Crush Wine Café at 928-237-5001 for more information.