Events, Restaurants

Charlie’s on the Avenue Gets Beer Garden, Extended Hours

Alexandria City Council has approved an outdoor beer garden area and extended hours for Charlie’s on the Avenue restaurant (1501 Mount Vernon Avenue).

The Council voted 6-1 based on a Planning Commission recommendation to add outdoor seating and change operating hours to 7:00AM – 1:00AM indoors and 7:00AM – 10PM outdoors. The restaurant will have 76 seats indoors and 124 outdoors. The outdoor seating is on an adjacent corner lot at 1503-1505 Mount Vernon Avenue.

The newly-approved revisions include indoor entertainment, outdoor games such as cornhole, and outdoor music.  The outdoor music will be allowed on the condition of stopping amplified noise heard beyond the property after 9:00PM

The owners, Jeremy Barber and Justus Frank, are the team behind Live Oak Restaurant, which opened in 2016 on Commonwealth Avenue.

To learn more about the restaurant, click here.

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Events, Lifestyle

Dogs Can Swim at the Alexandria Outdoor Pools

The dog days of summer may be over but thanks to sponsor Your Dog’s Best Friend, dogs can take a dip in the city’s pools.

The dog swims will take place on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15.

The Itty Bitty Doggie Dive for dogs under 50 pounds is Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street.

The Big Dog Day Swim for dogs over 50 pounds is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron Street.

Dog handlers must be 16 or older and must be residents of the City of Alexandria.  Admission is free.

Owners should bring proof of vaccinations or have their dogs wear current vaccination tags.

Owners must register online by clicking here using Itty Bitty Doggie Dive activity number 134390 or Big Dog Day activity number 134391.

 

Lifestyle, Restaurants

Alexandria’s RT’s Named A 2018 Best Southern Restaurant

According to Open Table’s new list of the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America 2018, Alexandria’s RT’s Restaurant is one of the best.  It was the only representative from the entire state of Virginia.  The Mount Vernon Avenue classic has been offering authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine for more than 30 years.

The list includes restaurants from 14 states and Washington, D.C. but only 10 of those states are Southern.

The rankings are based on 12 million reviews on Open Table for over 27,000 restaurants in 50 states and DC.

If you’ve never tried RT’s, Alexandria Restaurant Week (August 17-26) is a great time to give it a go. They will be offering a $35 three-course dinner and $22 lunch.

Click here to see the full list of the Best Southern Restaurants in America 2018.

 

Events, Lifestyle, Local Business

The Fourth Annual Well Ray Festival is here!

On June 23 from 9AM-1PM the Del Ray Business Association, presents the fourth annual Well Ray Festival.  The event celebrates health and wellness in our fine city!  Grab your family and your yoga mat a come down to Mt. Vernon Avenue between Custis and Uhler Avenues to the health and lifestyle-inspired tents.

Local wellness and holistic health-practitioners will offer services including therapeutic massages, acupuncture, physical therapy consultations, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, blood pressure screenings, meditation, wellness coaching, energy work and more.

And treat yourself to wellness-inspired fashion from local fitness clothing designers and boutiques.

Try some free yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Spin, Barre, dance classes and more.   Visit the meditation garden, the yoga sanctuary or the cycle deck.

There will be a raffle and donations will be accepted at all classes for their non-profit partner this year, ROCK RECOVERY – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the journey to freedom from disordered eating through an affordable outpatient recovery program and community empowerment events.