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New Shipping Container Bar in Old Town Moves Toward City Approval

A proposal to install a bar carved from shipping containers on the waterfront will approach its first hurdle to approval next week.

After a deferral at what may have been the shortest Board of Architectural Review meeting on record — at one minute, 26 seconds — the bar at Robinson Landing (314 Strand Street) is docketed for the review at the group’s Wednesday, Oct. 16 meeting.

The plan is to have a small kitchen, outdoor bar, and lounge located on a pier jutting out from Robinson Landing.

The proposal comes from Alexandria Restaurant Partners, a group that owns a collection of Old Town restaurants like Mia’s Italian Kitchen and Vola’s Dockside Grill. An indoor-outdoor Mediterranean-inspired wine bar, Barca, is planned for one of the two containers, according to the Washington Business Journal.

In addition to the location’s unique position on the water, the bar is notable for being located inside two 30-foot shipping containers.

Structural work to the containers will include retractable canopies over the seating areas. A gas heater and three gas fire pits are also planned to keep bar-goers warm during colder weather.

Photos courtesy City of Alexandria 

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