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Mediterranean restaurant files permit to replace Hobbit-themed bar

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In a hole in a mixed-use block in Old Town there lived a hobbit-themed restaurant. Not a nasty, dirty, wet development with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that meant comfort.

But the restaurant, Bilbo Baggins, closed in 2020 and now a new Mediterranean restaurant, Elaine’s, has filed an application to fill the space.

As the spot is maintaining the restaurant use, the special use permit is pretty bare-bones, but the plans drawn up for the restaurant show it will keep the former restaurant’s layout with a bar area separate from the main dining area.

Alexandria Living Magazine first reported the restaurant’s plans back in August, saying the restaurant — which will be called Elaine’s Modern Mediterranean — plans to offer a mix of French and Greek food.

The application said the restaurant will seat 120 patrons.

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