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Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown to open wine bar — with fireplace — next door

Brendan L ‘Etoile is Executive Chef of Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown. Soon he will oversee the menu at a wine bar next door. (Photo by April Greer For The Washington Post)
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Chez Billy Sud, a French restaurant in Georgetown from brothers Ian and Eric Hilton, will soon have a sister wine bar next door.

Dubbed Bar a Vin, the space comes from the same ownership and will serve wine primarily from France — though there will be some produced stateside — by the glass and the bottle. A small beer and cocktail list will also be available.

“It’s going to be an extension of the restaurant where you can go before or after dinner,” says Chez Billy Sud chef and co-owner Brendan L’Etoile, who will also oversee the menu at Bar a Vin.

Food options will include fine cheeses, charcuterie made in-house and local Virginia ham products. “You won’t be able to eat dinner from [Chez Billy Sud] over there, but there are little nibbles,” L’Etoile says.

The interior, overseen by Joe Reza, will seat up to 50 and feature a wrap-around bar, a few small tables and a bigger communal table. Best of all? There will be a wood-burning fireplace.

The team expects to open Bar a Vin in November.

A previous version of this article misspelled Joe Reza’s last name.

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