At first glance the link between Roy Orbison and wine isn't obvious. He did record the song "Lonely Wine," and the tune "All I Have to Do Is Dream" does contain the line "I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine, any time..." But it's hard to imagine that old Roy got his goggles sloshed up with runaway Bordeaux swirl. Yet Glen Agritelley, owner of T Bar M Racquet Club and an avid collector of Orbison memorabilia, has named his new wine bar at Belt Line Road and the Tollway "Mercy" after Roy's quip of the word in the song "Pretty Woman." Set to open in late January in Village on the Parkway, Mercy will be a hybrid bar-swanky lounge serving beer and wine, the latter primarily from California and Italy. Mercy will also offer a menu of small plates crafted by chef Jeff Ferguson, who has done stints at Jeroboam and Star Canyon. In addition to wine, managing partner Tim Harle says Mercy will have an acute emphasis on music--an eclectic mix, he assures. "I'd say it's from Mozart to Meatloaf," he says. Dean Martin, too, he adds, though the link to Dean and wine is probably harder to draw than the link to Roy, which isn't to say Dean may not have sipped a La Tâche from a tumbler on the rocks from time to time.
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