Former Lion’s Liquor Going Upscale
In mid-July I reported that Lion’s Liquor & Spirits (3614 Georgia Avenue) had closed. This was followed in early August by scuttlebutt that it was going to reopen as a “high-end” liquor store … but I wasn’t really sure what high-end meant.
Now, I’m a little clearer on what the plans are for the former Woolworth’s store. I was able to talk to one of the gentlemen doing the renovations and he stated that yes, indeed, they intend to go upscale. while their initial focus is going to be getting a liquor store up and running, the also want to put in a wine bar where people can sit and relax. Lastly, they also hope to be able to serve some type of food down the road. This clearly doesn’t sound like the Lion’s the neighborhood was accustomed to.
The renovator I talked to commented that the old store was outdated and had not been kept up and that the neighborhood needed something better. To gauge what better meant I asked about the original tin ceiling that is now exposed after too many years underneath a false ceiling. He stated that they want to save it if they can. There are some areas of damage that they think they can mend.
You can get a sense of the space and progress of the renovations from the photo below. They are aiming for a November opening. I’m not sure if they will open under the old name or choose a new one.Bars, Development, Liquor stores comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.