Seeking help on 
a historical dilemma


By David Fritz, Alexandria

I am a homeowner of an Old Town house built in 1890. I recently dug out my basement for more living space and, in the excavation process, found a corked bottle with “Drews Restaurant Alex VA” etched on the side.

After a couple of trips to the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library and trying to work with an unresponsive Alexandria archaeology staff, I have run into a dead end on obtaining any information on Drews Restaurant. I am calling on all longtime residents and folks who are skilled in local historical research: Does anyone know anything about Drews Restaurant?