Chef Justus Frank wants you to stay a while, and his strategy is Italian food.
In May, Frank and business partner Jeremy Barber said goodbye to their date night spot Live Oak at 1603 Commonwealth Avenue and reopened with Elo’s Italian Restaurant and Bar pop-up. The new concept opened its patio in May with a focus on family. They even have a kids menu.
“We’re going to have wine dinners, classes and group events,” Frank told ALXnow. “Jeremy and I have decided we’re gonna do what what we think is a good reflection of ourselves. Sure, some folks might miss the shrimp and grits at Live Oak, but it must be a satisfying concept for us, too.”
Elo’s — named after Frank’s daughter Eloise — is just the latest in a number of big moves for the owners of The Garden in Del Ray, as they look to settle down for a while after opening another beer garden in Occoquan next spring. Frank and Barber also closed Charlie’s On The Avenue for good in early 2020.
“Rustic Italian food is the best way to create a family-friendly atmosphere,” Frank said. “After I can get through the end of the summer and have a real good sample size at how Elo’s has been performing financially, if it’s a winner then absolutely we’ll keep it.”
Elo’s is softly reopening to full capacity this month.
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It’s here! The 2024 Alexandria Coffee Guide!
After being in production for the past two years, dealing with the tumultuous changes to the service industry following the COVID environment, and the bittersweet closings and openings of coffee shops, Joyful Tern Publishing has finally released the Alexandria Coffee Guide: 2024 Edition!
The guide best serves locals, transplants and tourists interested in coffee by giving them a curated set of Alexandria’s local shops, excluding such brand names like Starbucks, Dunkin’, Peets and the like. The guide is broken down into multiple regions (Old Town North/Del Ray, Crystal City, Old Town, Alexandria West End, and Eisenhower East) and catalogs the coffee shops within each region, as well as notable details about them and things to do in the surrounding area. The guide provides a concise glossary of coffee culture terms near the end, and a few articles about coffee concepts.
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The Made in ALX Fall Makers’ Market at Port City Brewing Co. in Alexandria is set for Sunday, Sept. 24!
This is the fall’s most fun sip-and-shop, featuring craft beer from the award-winning Port City Brewing Co. along with food,