Business ins and Outs

The boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove. Boaters and bikers will now be able to rent from any boathouse and drop off at one of the other two public boathouses along the Potomac River. | Photo by Flickr user NCinDC.


IN: Bar à Vin, at Chez Billy Sud
First, in 2012, there was Chez Billy in Petworth. Then, in 2014, there was Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown. Now, on Feb. 29, there will be Bar à Vin at 1035 31st St. NW, a long-vacant space adjacent to Chez Billy Sud. All three, and more, are the creations of Eric Hilton (of electronic music collective Thievery Corporation) and his younger brother Ian. The new space, expected to feature a large, carefully curated, mostly French wine list, will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., accommodating those waiting for a table at Chez Billy Sud and others. The smaller of two rooms has a working fireplace.

IN: Dean & Deluca’s Patio, Now With Alcohol, Music
The Dean & DeLuca food market at 3276 M St. NW will soon sell beer and wine to be consumed at its outside plaza, with limited music allowed. (The store has always sold beer and wine, but alcohol could not be consumed on the premises.) The cafe, the Citizens Association of Georgetown and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E have entered into a voluntary agreement, with expected approval by the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

IN: Bedrock Gets Gtown Park Place
Restaurant entrepreneur Geoff Dawson has signed a lease for space at Georgetown Park on the canal level with a Wisconsin Avenue entrance. Dawson’s many Bedrock Management Company ventures include Bedrock Billiards, Ripple and Penn Social.

IN: 3 Eateries Share Space on Grace Street
Georgetown’s mini food eruption continues. Grace Street Coffee Roasters, South Block Juice Co. and SundeVich will soon be checking into a shared space at 3210 Grace St. NW, near Dog Tag Bakery and across from Chaia Tacos. The coffee shop will be joined by the Arlington micro juicery’s sixth store. The global-sandwich maker from Shaw will also set up in Georgetown. Wow, it’s a wholly trinity of Millennial tastes, just half a block from Wisconsin and M.

All D.C. Boathouses Now Under Single Management
Under a new 10-year agreement with the National Park Service, NCR Guest Services will take over operation of all three of D.C.’s public boathouses along the Potomac River. Visitors will now be able to rent boats and bikes from any boathouse and drop them off at any other boathouse. Other features of the new management include instructional programs for rowing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding; storage and rental of non-motorized watercraft; programs for the disabled; canoe and kayak development programs for youths; and junior fishing programs.

OUT: Yes to Drugs, No to Liquor for Glover Park Rite Aid
At its Feb. 11 meeting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B voted 5-0 to oppose a request made in January by the soon-to-open Glover Park Rite Aid to lift the neighborhood’s existing ban on new Class A licenses, which permit retail sales of beer, wine and spirits. The Glover Park Citizens’ Association previously voted to oppose the request. Rite Aid — which under existing law cannot get a beer-and-wine-only license (Class B) because a nearby business, Whole Foods, already has one — is expected to contest the decision. A public hearing will be held March 30. The new Rite Aid occupies the former Glover Park Hardware location at 2251 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

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