James Beard Award-winning chef to lead Robinson Landing restaurant

James Beard Award-winning chef to lead Robinson Landing restaurant
A rendering of The Mill restaurant, which is located in a historic warehouse at 10 Duke St. (

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com

The Mill, a new restaurant coming to the Robinson Landing development on the waterfront, is partnering with southern chef and James Beard award-winner John Currence, according to a news release.

John Currence. (Courtesy Photo)

The restaurant, located at one of the city’s only remaining waterfront warehouses at 10 Duke St., is being developed and built by Murray Bonitt. Bonitt has worked on a number of other historic preservation and renovation projects in Alexandria, including Virtue Feed & Grain and The Majestic Café.

The warehouse is set to be renovated and transformed into a market and casual Southern eatery that Currence will oversee, according to the release. Currence is a New Orleans native and owner of City Grocery, Bouré and Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, Mississippi, according to the release. He was awarded the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef: South for his work at City Grocery.

The Mill is one of a number of restaurants that are being developed at Robinson Landing. When it opens in October 2021, The Mill will sit alongside Barca and another Alexandria Restaurant Partners project on the waterfront.