Archive for 'Dining'

Tourism officials bank on Alexandria’s allure

Tourism officials bank on Alexandria’s allure

By Derrick Perkins The city’s “Extraordinary Alexandria” tourism campaign has been exactly that, concluded market research experts brought in to review the one-year-old initiative. For every dollar allocated toward advertising, the [...]

From Agua Viva to Flat Iron

From Agua Viva to Flat Iron

By Derrick Perkins Restaurateur Scott Parker is staking his reputation on Old Town’s demand for a traditional steakhouse. Parker has teamed up with Jon Rennich to launch chef Michael Cordero’s latest venture in Alexandria — Flat Iron [...]

The 2013 ‘Best Of’ Winners

The 2013 ‘Best Of’ Winners

You voted and the results are clear-cut. Take a look and see whom your neighbors turn to around town for a variety of everyday needs.   Best Coffee Shop
 Misha’s Coffeehouse and Roaster 102 S. Patrick [...]

Planning commission OK’s hookah lounge

Planning commission OK’s hookah lounge

By Julia Brouillette Old Town offers an array of dining options and chic boutiques, but until now, it has lacked one of the trendiest hangouts: a hookah lounge. The city planning commission overwhelmingly supported a plan [...]

Tiffany Tavern slated for French makeover

Tiffany Tavern slated for French makeover

By Julia Brouillette The vacated King Street building once home to Tiffany Tavern may experience a renaissance this summer. Cyrille Brenac, a native of Mazamet, Languedoc Roussillon, France, is a managing partner of Bistrot Lepic and [...]

Smooth sailing for Waterfront Market project

Smooth sailing for Waterfront Market project

By Derrick Perkins Jody Manor’s concept for a shoreline eatery picked up steam last week when the planning commission overwhelmingly backed the proposal. Called the Waterfront Market, Manor’s restaurant would seat 150 patrons – indoors and [...]

Agua Viva to get a makeover

Agua Viva to get a makeover

By Derrick Perkins Less than two years after throwing open the doors at Agua Viva, owner Michael Cordero is jettisoning the Latin infusion concept in favor of a 1950s-style steakhouse. “We came here as a Latin [...]

Old Town restaurant gets second chance from Alexandria Planning Commission

Old Town restaurant gets second chance from Alexandria Planning Commission

By Derrick Perkins Despite a lengthy list of noise complaints since opening King Street’s Agua Viva restaurant, co-owners Mike and Nick Cordero earned a stay of execution from the planning commission last week. Neighbors began grumbling [...]

Legendary local restauranteur Pat Troy welcomes retirement

Legendary local restauranteur Pat Troy welcomes retirement

By Derrick Perkins Pat Troy left the restaurant business Sunday, but not without raised glasses, speeches and a final rendition of “The Unicorn Song.” After more than three decades running Ireland’s Own, the Irishman-turned-Alexandrian hosted one [...]

Kimpton kitchens under new management

Kimpton kitchens under new management

After four years working under chef Robert Weland at Penn Quarter’s Poste restaurant, Brian McPherson is taking over the kitchens at Jackson 20 and the Grille at Morrison House. McPherson, a Pittsburgh native, was announced as [...]