I was walking along The Avenue in Hampden today and saw a sign for a new wine bar to be called 13.5%. A photo on the sign—I guess it’s a prototype of what the place will look like—had an interior with a stone wall and several comfy, bucket chairs around intimate tables. There was no name, phone number, or opening date on the poster.
So, the next step was to Google it, of course. I found that The Baltimore Messenger had written about the new business recently. Evidently, the wine bar, whose name refers to the "average alcohol content of a balanced wine," is the baby of Wayne Laing, the former owner of The Wine Underground near Hampden. According to the article, it should open in four months.
The empty storefront, next to Mud & Metal boutique and a few doors from Golden West Cafe, looks like it still needs a lot of work. I’ll try and find out more information. If anyone knows anything about it, please let me know.