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Notes: Pizza and cocktail bar opening this week in Old Town

Good Monday morning, Alexandria!

⛈️ Today’s weather: Expect showers and potential thunderstorms before 10 a.m, followed by scattered showers and patchy fog until 3 p.m. Cloudy conditions with a high near 62, with southeast winds shifting to northeast in the afternoon. Precipitation chances at 70% and rainfall between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. For Monday night, scattered showers and thunderstorms will occur before 8 p.m., followed by showers from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with a low around 49. Northeast winds at 5 to 7 mph, with 80% precipitation chances and new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch.

🚨 You need to know

After over twenty years of working in Alexandria restaurants, Alexandria Living Magazine reported that Tara Hopkins is launching her own restaurant where Faccia Luna was.

Frankie’s Kitchen and Cocktail Bar is a new bar with pizza and cocktails at 823 S Washington Street scheduled to open on Wednesday, April 3.

Alexandria Living Magazine reported that Hopkins and her husband had always wanted to open their own restaurant, and the timing worked when the broker for Faccia Luna reached out.

While an argument could be made that Alexandria has too many pizza places, an ALXnow poll back in 2024 found that most respondents said there’s not enough good pizza in the city.

Image via Frankie’s Kitchen & Cocktail Bar/Instagram

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