Saturday, August 18, 2007

King Street: The New Restaurant Row?

King Street is the main thoroughfare running through Alexandria Virginia's Old Town neighborhood. From the Potomac River to the Masonic Temple sitting up high on Shooter Hill, King Street is lined with restaurants and boutique shops and services. Most every type of cuisine can be found including Italian, Classic American, Southern, Indian, French, Lebanese, Chinese, Greek, Thai and Seafood. The restaurants also range in quality. But, things are really starting to look up with the more recent addition of destination restaurants known for exemplary cooking, and quality, locally sourced ingredients.

Raising the culinary bar are Chef Cathal Armstrong and his wife Meshelle who own Restaurant Eve, Eamonn's A Dublin Chipper and The Majestic. Their trinity of restaurants ranges from a fish and chips pub, to classic southern American, to world class dining in Restaurant Eve's Tasting Room. The ripple effect from these choice restaurants is that other fine restaurants and chefs are looking to Old Town to join in King Street's abundant and ever increasing business and tourist appeal.
In the near future, this is what we can expect to see opening on and around King Street:

Hank's Oyster Bar, located in Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood will be opening another location at 1026 King Street. With the closing of the short-lived Bohio's Cuban Bistro, Chef Jamie Leeds saw an opportunity she couldn't pass up. A fall 2007 opening is expected.

Bookbinder's Restaurant, a Philadelphia landmark, is expected to open another location at 109 S. Asaph Street by the summer of 2007.

Sauciety, a modern American grill, will be a street level anchor restaurant for the new 4 star , 4 diamond Westin Hotel, now being built in the booming Eisenhower Valley. Opening is expected for October of 2007. Could this be Alexandria's Maestro of the Ritz Carlton Tyson's Corner, VA? Or perhaps CityZen of Washington D.C.'s Mandarin Oriental Hotel?

I hope so!

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