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Kybecca plans to expand restaurant and bar area

People dine outside kybecca in downtown Fredericksburg earlier this year. (Peter Cihelka/The Free Lance-Star)

Kybecca will expand its restaurant and build a new bar, continuing the transformation of its downtown Fredericksburg business.

Currently, kybecca uses the left side of its ground-level space on William Street as a wine bar and restaurant, while the right side is for retail wine sales.

Starting in early January, kybecca will overhaul the retail space while keeping the other side mostly the same. A nine-seat, L-shaped bar and lower dining tables will replace the racks and racks of wine. New flooring will be put in, and lighting will be installed that co-owner Rebecca Thomas said will create a “swanky, high-end” atmosphere.

The basement will be transformed into a wine cellar with exposed beams where customers can mingle. Kybecca plans to start offering private dining in the new areas. Thomas said the work should be done in time for Valentine’s Day.

The changes mean kybecca will be mostly exiting the retail wine business,  though people will still be able to purchase a bottle they sampled while eating at the restaurant.

When kybecca moved into the space at 402 William St. in 2005, the company focused solely on to-go bottled beer and wine sales along with some specialty items. In 2008 the business opened the wine and tapas bar, expanding into an adjacent space previously occupied by American Home Mortgage.

Thomas said the restaurant and bar side of the business has been growing at a much faster clip, particularly in the past several months. She said there is ample competition from other businesses that sell wine at retail.

Thomas worked with Spaces Design Studio on the layout of the new bar and restaurant area. She plans to hire Brad Hedrick to handle the electrical work. She will serve as her own general contractor and has already started ordering materials in anticipation of the early January construction work.

Kybecca’s plans will continue the transformation of William Street into an increasingly popular dining and nighttime destination that has become known as downtown Fredericksburg’s “restaurant row.” Many additional restaurants and nightspots are now in the works near kybecca, including The Orion, Vivify Burger & Lounge and Deutschland Downtown.

Thomas said she is proud to have a played a role in the changes to the William Street landscape, and she thinks her company’s latest plans will further improve the block.

“I really think it’s going to elevate the entire dining scene down here,” she said.

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