Food & Drink

Bottle Rev opens in Chapel Hill, another coming to Pittsboro

By Jessica Banov

jbanov@newsobserver.com

May 12, 2017 05:14 PM

CHAPEL HILL

Bottle Rev has opened in Chapel Hill, and its owners are expanding the bottle shop’s traditional beer focus to include an expansive selection of wine.

The bottle shop is off N.C. 54 in the East 54 complex of condominiums, restaurants, offices and shops.

This is the fourth location for the bottle shop, which started as Bottle Revolution on Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh. Other locations are in North Raleigh on Lead Mine Road and in Morrisville.

Owners Lewis Hendricks and Julie Paddison, who have a licensing agreement for the Bottle Rev name from founder Ted Gross, are following the Bottle Rev concept in the Chapel Hill location. There is a taproom with 14 taps of craft beer, including about 10 from North Carolina. There’s a retail portion of the space, with beers from all over the world sold in cans and bottles.

But the Chapel Hill shop, with comfortable seating and tables, also has a self-serve wine station where 12 bottles of wine can be poured by the sip or the glass. The retail section contains 400 bottles of wine.

“I wanted to do that from the beginning,” Hendricks said, about having a commitment to wine in the Chapel Hill shop. “That’s a weakness of mine.”

He partnered with Paddison to open the Chapel Hill location and an upcoming shop in Pittsboro in Chatham Park. Hendricks said she’s a wine expert while he focuses on the beer.

He said the Morrisville and North Raleigh shops have some wine, but Chapel Hill’s has the most of the group.

Hendricks, who left the Army in 2013 after a career in logistics, and Paddison also have an arrangment to open a shop in Pittsboro’s new Penguin Place on U.S. 15-501, which is part of the sprawling Chatham Park. They will be adjacent to the second location of the Root Cellar Cafe and will share an outdoor seating area. (Root Cellar’s original location is on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Chapel Hill.)

Hendricks said he doesn’t expect that shop to be built until later this year or early 2018.

Meanwhile, another Bottle Rev shop, not owned by Hendricks and Paddison, is coming to Apex. That shop will be located at 800 W. Williams St. Suite 140.

Info: Chapel Hill’s shop is at 3130 Environ Way. It is open Monday through Saturday. It is closed Sunday but can be reserved for private events. A grand opening is planned for June. facebook.com/BottleRevCH, bottlerev.com/.