Oldest House in Little Italy to Become Wine Room

Back in 2008, when San Diego architect Jonathan Segal unveiled plans to develop a tiny 50-by-200-foot lot at India and Fir, there was a chance that it would force Little Italy’s oldest home to move to Sherman Heights. Luckily, that never happened. The A.W. Pray House, a Gothic Victorian built in 1888, stayed on the block after all.

Final plans for The Q, a 7-story mixed-use development, called for the house to be relocated from its original location on the Kettner Blvd side of the block to its current site on India Street. It underwent a massive restoration and was designated a historical landmark.

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Local entrepreneur Ruth Melero fell in love with the house and opened her first upscale clothing store, Melero Boutique & Gallery, in December 2009. Since then, you might say that the house has remained one of the cutest landmarks in Little Italy.

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Now, the little old house is in for something new once again. Melero plans to relaunch the space as an intimate wine tasting room called M Winehouse. She told Giving Back Magazine that she wants it to be reminiscent of the old cafes she’s seen while traveling around the world, with a classic interior to complement the age of the house.

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Look for M Winehouse to open by the end of the year.

  • holly

    your metal fireplace was sitting on the sidewalk. Are you trying to get rid of it? I would like it but dont want to steal.

    • http://www.sandiegostreets.com San Diego Streets

      Hi, Holly! We wish the house and fireplace were ours, but this website is not affiliated with the business.

  • holly

    your house is adorable, will you serve coffee too?