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BARtanical is opening at 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue by the end of January 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

BARtanical, a botanical and herbal inspired bar, will open as the newest pop-up at 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray by the end of the month, its owners tell ALXnow.

The new bar is the fifth pop-up for the space, and owners Bill Blackburn and his partner “Mango” Mike Anderson of the Homegrown Restaurant Group have decided to keep going with the pop-up themes instead of opening a permanent restaurant.

Blackburn and Anderson closed the Sushi Bar — located between their other restaurants Holy Cow Del Ray and Pork Barrel BBQ — in December 2021 after nine years in business. Shortly after closing, the restaurant was transformed into the Christmas-themed pop-up bar Joy On The Avenue, followed up by a Tiki Bar that lasted for eight months, a Halloween-themed  pop-up in October and then back to the Christmas-themed bar last month.

The windows of the pop-up are currently covered, and the interior of the space has been gutted.

Blackburn says that when it opens, the pop-up will be a “potted plant lover’s paradise,” featuring an “explosion of plants an greenery.”

“Sticking to the craft cocktail heavy formula, BARtanical’s beverage program will be botanic and herbal inspired, with a nibble and snacks menu that is on the crisper and lighter side,” Blackburn said. “It’s a limited time pop-up and perfect for girls night out, casual happy hour or late nightcap surrounded by rich green agricultural décor and Del Ray’s most entertaining bartenders.”

Anderson said that the next iteration of the pop-up is a secret.

“You’ll have to wait and find out,” Anderson said. “New concepts are like first dates. First dates are new and exciting, and every three months we’re going to provide the residents of Alexandria with a fresh experience.”

Mari Luffey, a former bar manager at HRG’s Whiskey & Oyster in Carlyle, is the manager for the pop-up and is creating a cocktail menu.

“The spring-feel of the bar will translate nicely during the winter months,” Luffey said. “It’s going to be beautiful and cozy in here.”

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Coffee and pastries at Tatte Bakery (image via Tatte Bakery/Instagram)

It’s official: Tatte Bakery & Cafe is coming to 515 King Street in the heart of Old Town — pending the approval of a special use permit.

The plans to open in Old Town were first reported by the Washington Business Journal back in October, but applicant Tatte Holdings LLC just filed the permit to make it official.

Tatte Bakery & Cafe filed an administrative special use permit to open a restaurant in the office building. Designs for the restaurant show that it will be located at the corner of N. Saint Asaph Street and King Street.

“The restaurant will serve bakery and cafe items seven days per week,” the application said.

The cafe will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and serve approximately 400 customers per day. Staff at another location said an exact opening date is still unknown, but it will be “sometime this year.”

Cafe Tatte in Old Town (image via McMahon Architects/City of Alexandria)

Image via Tatte Bakery/Instagram

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2213 Mount Vernon Avenue (image via Google Maps)

A new French bistro will open on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray in two weeks, the restaurant’s owner tells ALXnow.

Gostov Boulangerie & Brasserie will be fully open at 2213 Mount Vernon Avenue by Wednesday, Jan. 25. Owner Abderrahim Moussaif says he has all of the necessary city permits.

“We’re legally ready to open, just not practically,” Moussaif said. “We just got the occupancy squared away with the City of Alexandria. We’re still getting everything ready, testing the ovens and training staff. We’re going to have a small opening and serve coffee and cappuccino and a little bit of breakfast, and then we can start implementing heartier food in the spring.”

Moussaif, who runs four Madison Day School child care centers in Alexandria, bought the 14,300 square-foot Del Ray property for $3 million in 2019. The two lots are located in the heart of Del Ray at the intersection of E. Oxford Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue.

“The idea for the bistro came about a year-and-a-half ago,” Moussaif said. “We were using the building as an office and figuring out what to do with it.”

Moussaif said that the bistro will be able to accommodate 47 customers at a time, and that there will be outdoor seating when the weather warms this spring.

The restaurant will be open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. every day.

Photo via Google Maps

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Beers from Atlas Brew Works (courtesy photo)

Atlas Brew Works announced today they plan to open a third location later this year in the new Carlyle Crossing development.

The location will feature a brewery and a tap room at 2501 Mandeville Lane, just across from the AMC theater in Carlyle.

What’s more, the brewery will include food from Andy’s Pizza, an acclaimed chain that recently opened an Alexandria location.

“Our Team is super excited to bring an Atlas brewpub to Alexandria,” Atlas Brew Works Founder and CEO Justin Cox said in a release. “While our beer has been available in Virginia for a while, having a brick-and-mortar brewery in the state will allow us to continue to grow our relationship with our customers while brewing new and exciting recipes.”

The 6,000 square foot space will have a brewery with a production capacity of 2,000, the company said in the release. The adjoining tap room will feature 16 draft lines and a kitchen, along with 1,500 square feet of outdoor patio space.

“Regulars will find comfort in the brewery’s six core beers including Bullpen Pilsner, which recently won a bronze medal at the 2022 Great American Beer Festival, in addition to special limited releases brewed in and only available at its Alexandria location,” the release said.

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Bucatini Carbonara at Thompson Italian (image via Thompson Italian/Facebook)

Hot on the heels of Trattoria da Franco reopening, another Italian restaurant is coming to Old Town next week.

Falls Church restaurant Thompson Italian announced that the new location at 1024 King Street — formerly Hank’s Oyster Bar — will open on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The restaurant’s menu features a range of Italian classics, like gnocchi to saffron malloreddus.

The restaurant will be open from 5-9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, opening 30 minutes earlier Fridays through Sundays. The restaurant will usually be closed on Tuesdays, except for the opening day.

According to a release from the restaurant, bar seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Takeout won’t be available next week, but will start soon thereafter.

Prospective patrons can already book a table online.

Image via Thompson Italian/Facebook

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Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii is coming to Carlyle this summer (courtesy photo)

Carlyle could be getting a new coffee spot early next year.

Hawaiian coffee chain Bad Ass Coffee Of Hawaii previously announced plans to open at 2466 Mandeville Lane in the Carlyle neighborhood sometime this past summer, but Ashburn-based news site The Burn reported the chain could now be eyeing a Jan. 31 opening.

The Jan. 31 date shows up on Google for the Alexandria location.

The original Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii opened in 1989 and focused on offering coffee grown in the Hawaiian islands. It came to the mainland in 1995 and spread from there. The name comes from the donkeys of Kona, Hawaii, who carried coffee down the mountains.

Photo via Facebook

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Belgium waffle at Lily’s Chocolate & Coffee (image via Lily’s Chocolate & Coffee/Facebook)

(Updated 1:40 p.m.) A coffee shop founded by Iraqi immigrants has filed a permit to open in Old Town.

Lily’s Chocolate and Coffee is coming to 631 King Street at the intersection with S. Washington Street. The site was previously Francesca’s until it closed in 2020.

The shop first opened on Vienna’s Maple Avenue in 2021 and specializes in a pastry called lokma.

“We differentiate ourselves by using the best kinds of chocolate from around the globe,” the owners said in the application. “At Lily’s Chocolate & Coffee, not only do we serve light and delicious desserts, but we also serve a wide range of hot and cold beverages to serve our customers with a unique, unforgettable experience.”

The shop will be open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and open from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Photo via Lily’s Chocolate & Coffee/Facebook

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Buffet at Bollywood Masala La Plata (via Bollywood Masala/Facebook)

Old Town could be getting a new Indian restaurant next year, replacing a sushi restaurant in the heart of Old Town.

According to a recently filed special use permit, Ichiban Sushi and Ramen at 211 King Street in Old Town could be undergoing a change to become a new Bollywood Masala.

Bollywood Masala is an Indian restaurant currently based out of La Plata, Maryland. The restaurant features dishes like vindaloo and the eponymous masala along with other regionally-based meals like lamb gosht and various types of curry. The restaurant also features chai and coffee on the menu.

Staff at Bollywood Masala said the restaurant is currently working through the permitting process but the plan is to open in summer 2023.

Photo via Bollywood Masala/Facebook

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101 N Union Street (image via Google Maps)

A new sandwich shop could be coming to the Torpedo Factory building at 101 N. Union Street.

In a new special use permit filed to the City of Alexandria, the Hyndford Street Hospitality LLC said it plans to open a small sandwich shop in the space.

“We expect our patrons will be business people and travelling tourists,” the group said. “We will have approximately and no more than 20 seats, where customers can sit and enjoy their sandwich and drink.”

The permit said an emphasis will be on customers taking their meals off-site to their office, hotel or home. The restaurant is anticipated to serve between 50 to 100 patrons daily.

The restaurant could also offer on and off-site sales of wine and beer.

The hours of operation at the new business will be 9 a.m.-10 p.m., though no name is listed for the new business on the application.

Image via Google Maps

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Chicken restaurant Hot Lola’s is coming to the Lincolnia neighborhood just outside of Alexandria in Fairfax — that big place just west of the city.

Hot Lola’s currently has locations in Ballston and Rosslyn in neighboring Arlington, but the new location at 6544 Little River Turnpike will be the first outside of Arlington.

The menu features chicken at various levels of hotness, from “flipping hot” to “not hot”. The chicken is also available in a variety of types of sandwiches or at tenders, wings or drumsticks. Sides include fries, coleslaw pickles, toast or… another piece of chicken.

Hot Lola’s arrival could ruffle feathers as the restaurant fights for a spot in the pecking order already saturated with other local chicken chains.

There’s no word yet on when the new location will open.

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