TWISTED VINES HEADING TO COLUMBIA PIKE
Posted on Dec 26th, 2009
- Missy Frederick, The Washington Business Journal, 12/21/09
Co-owner Sybil Robinson is aiming to open Twisted Vines Bottleshop & Bistro by mid-January. The 1,500 square foot space will be located at 2803 Columbia Pike in Arlington.
"That whole area is just changing so much, and we wanted to give the neighborhood a place they can walk to," explained Robinson, who lives nearby the shop.
Robinson, whose background is in business but not restaurants, had dreamed of opening up a wine bar since traveling extensively to such areas as Chile and Argentina. But when she and her husband Josh returned to D.C. with that dream, they found out the market was already becoming saturated with wine bars, and put their plans on hold.
After having a son last year, Robinson decided she no longer wanted to work day and night, and decided to go forward with the business. They financed the opening through savings and a small business loan, and will open the shop at 4 p.m. daily.
"Our vision for the place is very relaxed and friendly," Robinson said. Twisted Vines will highlight interesting, hard-to-find wines, without limiting itself to a particular region.
Twisted Vines will serve cheese, charcuterie and small plates. There will be about 130 retail bottles of wine for sale, and seating for about 45 people. The two-level restaurant and shop plans to hold tastings on the weekends.