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Downtown Fredericksburg will once again have a wine merchant.

Cork & Table, a wine-centric store and retailer, plans to move into 909 Caroline St. in August, according to owner, chef and sommelier Jim Fallon. The 2,200-square-foot space, owned by Tommy Mitchell, was formerly occupied by 909 Saloon, which closed in February.

Fallon said he chose the spot because the charm of the building and heavy foot traffic on the street were appealing, but also, “because it represents the character of the business: bringing together tradition and a fresh take on food and wine.”

Cork & Table will be the second restaurant operated by Fallon. He previously owned and operated Northern Neck Gourmet in Warsaw for seven years.

Prior to his latest venture, Fallon cooked in New York and Washington, D.C.

According to Cork & Table’s website, the restaurant will offer “seasonal food and interesting wine selections in a casual, accessible setting” and will feature local products, international cheeses and “house-made gourmet products.”

Fallon graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1993 and was certified as a sommelier by the Washington Sommelier Society in 1991.

The Virginia Wine Experience moved from Caroline Street to Eagle Village in 2013. Owner Edwin Wyant changed the store’s name to Hop & Wine and expanded his selection to include more wines, beers and cheeses.

Kybecca, on William Street, ceased retailing wine at the end of 2012. It now is a full-service restaurant and cocktail bar with a wide-ranging wine selection.

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