Robust Wine Bar to close in Edwardsville

Robust Wine Bar is closing its Edwardsville location after less than two years in business.

The wine bar at 126 N. Main St. opened in August 2013 after another wine bar, The Erato, had previously vacated that same location.

In a statement released Tuesday by owners Stanley and Arlene Browne, the couple said they are transitioning and focusing on their two other Robust Wine Bar locations in St. Louis and Webster Groves, Mo., as well as a catering business and “some important upcoming projects.” The couple also said that an Edwardsville-based restaurateur plans to reoccupy their Edwardsville location soon.

“I’m sad to see it go,” Arlene Browne said. “We’ve made such good friends in Edwardsville. It’s a fantastic community. But our development pipeline is full and we are continually working to evolve and grow. Hopefully, we can make some exciting announcements in the future.”

Robust will close after business on Sunday.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 618-239-2526.