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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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.

 

Local Business, Restaurants

Cat Cafe Planning to Open in Alexandria

Mount Purrnon is in the works to become the first cat café in Northern Virginia.  Kristin Cowan and Adam Patterson launched a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of creating a place where adoptable cats can roam and animal lovers can relax with a glass of wine.  And they reached their $25,000 Kickstarter goal with less than 24 hours left in the campaign!

Their hope is to provide a site with wine, beer, snacks, free high-speed wi-fi and adoptable cats!  If cats aren’t your thing, you can still stop by for a drink but we bet you will take a peek in the cat room!   The co-owners also hope to partner with local animal shelter and pet rescue organizations to get cats adopted.

Cat cafés have become popular across the country including Crumbs & Whiskers on O Street NW in Washington, DC.  Mount Purrnon will be in Old Town and they hope to open in late 2018.

Cowan and Patterson also anticipate hosting fun events like cat yoga, trivia, and game nights!

Learn more about it by visiting 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!