Openings: Bar à Vin for Chez Billy Sud, Hinckley Pottery, Rite Aid
Bar à Vin on 31st Street
First, in 2012, there was Chez Billy in Petworth. Then, in 2014, there was Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown. Now, on March 7, Bar à Vin opens at 1035 31st St. NW, a long-vacant space adjacent to Chez Billy Sud. All three, and more, are the creations of dance-music producer Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton 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.
Rite Aid on Wisconsin Avenue
The 24-hour Rite Aid Pharmacy in Glover Park at 2255 Wisconsin Ave. NW has opened; its phone number is 202-944-2703. Rite Aid is set to be acquired by Walgreens-Boots Alliance, a global enterprise consisting of Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare. It will be part of the largest retail pharmacy in the United States and Europe.
Hinckley Pottery in Blues Alley
Hinckley Pottery has moved into 3132 Blues Alley NW, next to the Blues Alley jazz club. The 40-year-old pottery studio, which was in Adams Morgan for decades and first opened in Georgetown, wrote: "Our doors will open in late March or early April. Until then, we will get our wheels, kilns, shelves, pots and tools ready to welcome you to this wonderful, larger space. Our second floor studio will make it possible for us to expand beyond our ongoing wheel classes to provide space for potters who prefer to work independently. We also will offer two hand-building classes later this spring."