February 3, 2009

JavaVino put up for sale

JavaVino's window now sports a for sale sign

Main Street is in danger of losing a comfortable hangout.

The owners of JavaVino -- Ramez and Cecilia AbdulNour -- are looking for a partner to run the wine and coffee shop at 424 Main St., or someone to buy the business entirely. The wine and coffeeshop often hosts music and movie events.

Reason: The couple, who came to Racine two-and-a-half years ago as newlyweds, have just had a daughter, Angelina. "We had our first baby girl last week," Ramez says. "It is such a wonderful thing. We have been spending as much time as possible with her and watching everything she does."

"This is not an easy decision," Ramez says.

Babies, as any parent knows, take up all available time, and Ramez and Cecilia have had to reduce the hours JavaVino is open: Tuesday and Wednesday, from 7:30 a.m. t0 3:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (later on nights with scheduled events); Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cafe is closed on Mondays.

The couple moved here from Baghdad, Iraq, when Ramez, an engineer, was hired by Modine Manufacturing. He left Modine in September and now works in Franklin. JavaVino's location was -- ever so briefly -- Harry's Cafe, opened when the Harry Schwartz Bookstore moved into the then-newly renovated space now occupied by Monfort's Fine Art Gallery. Later it became the All Star Sandwich Company, and finally JavaVino in 2006.

The sale includes equipment and fixtures but does not include the real estate. It is being handled by Marty Defatte (262) 498-8608 or John Ryder (414) 350-8630 from Century 21.


  1. Talk to old employees

  2. That's a major bummer-it was a good place to watch old movies with a cup of good Java.

  3. Old employees< perhaps you mean former employees?

  4. pssst, it's been for sale for a long time.