Splash Park Proposed For Del Ray

It is looking like the “gateway” into Del Ray will be transformed into a splash park and memorial garden to honor the late Nancy Dunning!

The corner of Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues currently holds a park and the former Colasanto Pool, which has been closed since 2010.  But the Del Ray Community Partnership is hoping to transform it into Gateway Park.

Nancy Dunning, a.k.a. the “The Queen of Del Ray,” was an Alexandria real estate agent who was credited with bringing new business to Mount Vernon Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood. Sadly, she was killed in 2003 inside her Del Ray home.  It would be appropriate and fitting if the Nancy Dunning Garden becomes a beautiful entrance into Del Ray

According to the city plans, the spray park could be open by 2020.  Before that time, it would be a green space available to everyone.

For more information on the project, visit the Del Ray Gateway’s website or their Facebook page.

Events, Restaurants

Alexandria Restaurant Week 2018

For 10 days and two weekends, more than 60 Alexandria restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week!  This year the event will run January 26 to February 4.  And if lunch is more your thing, more than 30 restaurants will also offer lunch menus at $10, $15 or $20 per person in addition to their dinner offerings.

There are some new restaurants joining the fun this year.  They include Hank’s Pasta Bar, Sunday in Saigon, Cedar Knoll, La Trattoria, Café 44, and Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro.  All chefs at these local restaurants will be showing off their culinary skills during the annual event.

You can find fine dining and casual food in several neighborhoods throughout the city including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End.

To find the menu flip-book and to make reservations click here.

Here are a few of the menu highlights:

Hank’s Pasta Bar’s $35 three-course dinner for one featuring options such as Bucatini Carbonara, Fettucine & Clams and Mafalde

Vermilion’s $35 three-course dinner for one featuring menu items such as Braised Pork Cheek, Tagliatelle and Roasted Bluefish

Columbia Firehouse’s $15 per person lunch featuring items such as Shrimp Scampi, Crab Cake Sandwich and Vanilla Bean Créme Brule

So many destinations and meals to choose from!


Events, Restaurants

The 2nd Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl

The 2nd Annual Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl is coming!   Get your festive gear on and go on down to Del Ray for an afternoon of cocktails and seasonal cheer!

The event features 12 of Alexandria’s favorite restaurants and takes place Saturday, December 9 from 2-6PM.  Proceeds benefit Alexandria Neighborhood Health which provides basic primary medical, dental and behavioral health care to uninsured or under-insured in our area.  

Advance tickets are $10 ($15 at the door), and include:

  • Beer and cocktail specials at each bar
  • Free trolley transportation to spots along the bar crawl route
  • 12 oz cup for the first 150 people
  • 1 Raffle ticket

Participating bars/restaurants include Evening Star Cafe, FireFlies, Del Ray Pizzeria, Junction Bakery & Bistro, KAiZEN Tavern, Live Oak, Lena’s, Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro, Northside 10, Pork Barrel BBQ, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, and Stomping Ground. 

Click here for tickets!


Events, Restaurants

Happy Tart Grand Re-Opening

Happy Tart Bakery is having their Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, October 14th and you won’t want to miss it!  The bakery (2307 Mt Vernon Avenue) has recently reopened after closing for renovations last December.

Happy Tart is known as THE place to go for gluten-free baked goods.  It was named a top gluten-free bakery in the U.S. for good reason.  The owner and executive chef Emma Cech, who has two kids with Celiac disease, has found a way to bring tasty treats to everyone!

There’s lots of changes to the bakery.  You will now find bright red paint on the walls, a mural leading up to the entrance, indoor seating and outdoor seating with patio heaters for the cold days.

The shop is hoping you will give their crepe offerings a try. During brunch hours, the bakery now offers a crepe/omelet combination called a “crepelet.”  Another exciting new addition will be alcoholic beverages which should be available in a couple of months.

Grand re-opening festivities are scheduled for Saturday, October 14.  On this day, customers can come in and enter for a chance at multiple $10 gift cards (must be present for this drawing).  And they can also enter for a $50 gift card drawing (do not need to be present for this drawing).

For more information visit Happy Tart Bakery‘s website.