Luke Pierce and Annie Williams Pierce say they are trying to reorient people’s minds toward a new style of wine bar.

That’s why they are planning to open Law Bird Bar in the former Village Pet Supply location, 740 S. High St., in Columbus’ German Village neighborhood.

Law Bird will specialize in wine, craft cocktails, a small selection of beer, snacks and small plates. They will create their own drinks and hand-select wines that best suit their mission and tastes, they said.

An opening date has not been set.

Forget the days of pretentious, dimly lit wine environments with stuffy know-it-alls serving the vino, Williams Pierce said.

“We’re really trying to flip the script,” she said. “Light, bright and funky is how we’re describing it right now.”

Both are veterans of the local food-and-beverage scene, with a combined 30 years of experience working in restaurants, and said they wanted to create something memorable in an area where craft beer tends to dominate.

“I think what we’re putting together is really going to round out the area,” she said.

The name behind Law Bird Bar “is a secret,” Annie Williams Pierce said. “It sort of has a classic ring.”

Law Bird won’t have a full kitchen but will serve snacks and small plates, she said.

A small selection of bottled and canned beers will be among offerings, she said.

A projected opening date has not been determined, she said.

The couple also are in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo and can be followed on Instagram and Facebook: @lawbirdbar.

Crowdfunding refers to the practice of raising small amounts of money from a large group of people to fund a project or venture.

“We are here to raise $30,000. Some of that money is going to go to a little bit of everything: the padding and upholstery on the back of the bench seats, barstools, the actual bar itself,” they said on their Crowdfunding page at “We are working to do this the right way, and in some areas that means doing a lot ourselves (making the table tops, painting the space), but there are definitely things we are leaving to the professionals (you know like plumbing, electrical, building walls). But it is also going to pay for changes required by the city.”

In return, they’re promising “amazing perks” for those who help.

“We’re sort of taking the time to build our dream bar, the things we love to share with people and enjoy ourselves,” Williams Pierce said.

They have no estimate as to how soon Law Bird will open.

“There, so far, are too many things up in air right now,” Williams Pierce said. “Once we get a firm date, we’ll definitely be excited to share that.”

They don’t yet have a liquor license.

Matt Barbee, owner of nearby Rockmill Tavern at 503 S. Front St., said he welcomes “a unique product done at a high level.”

“I would echo that is certainly a complement to what’s happening down her, where all the energy continues to build,” Barbee said.