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Vino Volo continues its adventures outside of airports with the opening of a Tysons Corner location today. The wine bar is located at 1782 International Drive in McLean, across from Corner Bakery.
The wine bar chain has kind of a love affair with the D.C. area, explained marketing specialist Sarah Evans. Their first location opened at Dulles International Airport in 2005, and their first stand-alone wine bar (outside of an airport) opened last year in Bethesda. "We have a super loyal customer base there, and a really great following, so it makes sense to bring our first neighborhood locations to those who have known us the longest," she said.
This Vino Volo is about 3,000 square feet in size, with a full-service restaurant, wine bar and wine shop all under one roof. Like the Bethesda store, the menu is more involved than at the airport versions of Vino Volo. "It's more of a place you can go for dinner," she said. Tapas and shared plates are still a focus, with offerings like smoked salmon rolls and pepper-crusted steak. Some menu items will differ from the Bethesda location. The retail space will sell up to 200 wines, and there will be several Virginia wines available. The look is "wine country casual," with exposed brick, a lot of wood and a zinc bar top. "It's really warm and inviting," she said.
Vino Volo will initially open at 4 p.m. for dinner and add lunch service later this fall. The Tysons location will focus more on events, whether it be wine classes or corporate events.
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