Deli part of plans for Les Bourgeois building on I-70

Monday, May 7, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:56 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 8, 2012

COLUMBIA — In 1989, after six years of producing wine out of their home, the Bourgeois family bought seven acres of land and a 10,000 square foot building so they could expand their wine-making business.

The family converted the building — which was Pete's Cafe in the 1960s — into a Les Bourgeois Vineyards, located at the Rocheport exit on Interstate 70.

Most of the wine making has since moved into a bigger facility a half-mile away, while the old building serves as a gift shop and tasting room. Plans to remodel the building started about two years ago, Curtis Bourgeois, CEO of the winery, said. Bourgeois said he's waiting for a permit to begin construction in the next couple of months.

Everything is "crammed in a small space," he said.

Bourgeois has been waiting for an opportunity to expand the building so they can carry more merchandise and make the bathrooms nicer, he said. 

The building's interior and exterior will be redone, too, he said. 

The remodeled building will also house a deli-style restaurant providing "high-quality local products," Bourgeois said. 

He plans to sell charcuterie, or prepared meats, with the help of Joshua Smith, a chef at Sycamore. Soups and sandwiches will also be on the menu. 

Although there is still a "long ways to go," Bourgeois said he thinks the project will be finished by next spring. 

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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