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Benson's Wine Bar: A comfortable niche in the heart of Chester

  • Siblings Bob and Chelsea Schroeder have made Benson's Wine Bar an attractive place to hold gatherings, or to just stop in for a drink.

    Siblings Bob and Chelsea Schroeder have made Benson's Wine Bar an attractive place to hold gatherings, or to just stop in for a drink.
    Gwendy Garner photo

 
By Gwendy Garner
Contributing writer
updated: 3/6/2021 7:08 PM

Benson's Wine Bar is located in the heart of Chester at 1308 Swanwick St., in the historic Benson's Menswear building. Siblings Bob and Chelsea Schroeder are the proud owners, and since taking over ownership on April 15, 2017, they have remodeled the main bar area, and created a game room in the basement.

They plan to make improvements to the rear parking area and patio in the near future.

Benson's is relaxed and comfortable, as well as entertaining. It specializes in beverages -- both alcoholic and nonalcoholic -- and is a frequent choice for special events. In the past few years, Benson's has held baby and bridal showers, wedding receptions, catered rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, class reunions, graduation parties, fundraisers, political events (including one sponsored by Operators Local 520) and fundraisers for Puppy 911, Relay For Life and more.

Benson's Wine Bar is open every day from noon till 1 a.m. There are gaming machines, but customers can also play pool and darts, or compete at oversized yard games like Connect Four and Jenga. On weekend nights there is often live music.

Bob and Chelsea will host a National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day event at Benson's on March 29, featuring food from local eateries. They welcome local business owners to attend, as well as family and friends.

"We are ecstatic to be named the Chester Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Month for March," said Bob Schroeder.

"We appreciate the community's support during the past 3 years," Chelsea added. "We hope to continue serving the community for years to come."

To schedule a social event at Benson's contact the Schroeders at Benson's Wine Bar Facebook page.

 
 
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