Tuesday, April 23, 2013
What's cooking at the Old Town Alexandria restaurant? Ask Billy McCormick.
Chef Billy McCormick is heading to Old Town Alexandria’s Virtue Feed & Grain, reports DC Eater. McCormick was the chef at the EatWell stable of restaurants, which includes Logan Tavern and Commissary. Virtue Feed & Grain was formerly under the management of local Alexandria Chef Cathal Armstrong and his business partner Todd Thrasher.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Armstrong and business partner Todd Thrasher continue to own and operate other Alexandria and Arlington County restaurants.
Local celebrity chef Cathal Armstrong and mixologist Todd Thrasher are no longer involved with Old Town Alexandria restaurant Virtue Feed & Grain. Armstrong and Thrasher continue to own and operate Alexandria's Restaurant Eve, The Majestic, Eamonn's Dublin Chipper, PX and Society Fair as well as Arlington County's E2 and TNT. All operations have been transfered to their former partners operating under the name 106 Union Dublin LLC, according to restaurant spokeswoman Jennie Kuperstein. That LLC was registered in February 2010. It also was the name cited on the lawsuit regarding ownership of Wales Alley, 106 Union Dublin v. Old Dominion Boat Club. "Everyone was thrilled that Virtue received many national and local accolades as one of …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Virtue Feed & Grain and the Alexandria Police Association are hosting a silent auction and raffle this weekend.
Old Town Alexandria restaurant Virtue Feed & Grain and the Alexandria Police Association are hosting a fundraiser for Officer Peter Laboy this weekend. The Sunday fundraiser from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. includes a raffle and silent auction. A minimum $10 donation will be collected at the door. Food is included. Anyone wishing to donate items to the silent auction can email Laboyfundraiser@gmail.com. Officer Laboy was injured last week and is listed in critical condition in a Washington, DC hospital. Editor's Note: This article has been changed to reflect that the Alexandria Police Association is the co-sponsor of this event. For earlier news about the incident, see:
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The fundraiser and party will have a "roaring '20s" theme and be held at Virtue Feed & Grain.
The Center for Alexandria’s Children is hosting a gala benefit honoring three Alexandrians who have devoted their energies to improving the lives of local children. The gala will be Feb. 28, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Virtue Feed & Grain on S. Union Street. At the event, the center plans to honor philanthropists Dagoberg and Lissa Soergel who will receive the Champions for Children Award, and Arika VanBrunt, a senior therapist with the City of Alexandria’s Community and Human Services Department. Van Brunt will receive the Outstanding Dedication to Children Award. Tickets for the event, which has a Roaring ‘20s theme, start at $150. They are available online or by contacting the center at 703-746-6008. For more information about the Center, go …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Looking for a place to eat on New Year's Eve? Here are a few suggestions of restaurants that are open for ringing in 2013.
Alexandria has a host of options for diners looking to celebrate out on the town. Grab a bite during the First Night Alexandria activities or ring in the new year right at a restaurant. Some suggestions around town: Old Town Bilbo Baggins 208 Queen St. 703-683-0300 American and English fare with a dash of Hobbit. New Year's Menu (PDF) Columbia Firehouse Restaurant 109 S. St. Asaph St. 703-683-1776 A modern American brasseries and bar. Party begins at 9 p.m. at $65 per person. Price of admission includes canapes, hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight. Cash bar available throughout the night. Eamonn's 728 King St. 703-299-8384 Fish, chips and more. Open until midnight Dec. 31. PX 728 King St. with reservations made online Fancy, fresh …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Old Dominion Boat Club wants Alexandria's Circuit Court to reconsider allowing Virtue Feed & Grain to use Wales Alley for outdoor seating.
The Old Dominion Boat Club has filed a motion in the Alexandria Circuit Court asking it to reconsider its decision allowing Wales Alley to be leased by Virtue Feed & Grain restaurant for outdoor seating. The court ruled last month in favor of the city and the restaurant (PDF), saying the city has the authority to “lay out open, extend, widen, narrow…or close…the alleys of the City.” The ruling also said the boat club “has not established facts necessary for relief…” on certain points. The decision document was a total of about three pages but only about one page of explanation. “The ruling in the Wales Alley case was very brief and in need of clarification,” said boat club President Miles Holtzman in a statement. “We look forward to …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Livability.com cites Old Town, Virginia for its economic vitality and amenities, among other things.
Alexandria’s Old Town has been named one of the top 10 downtowns in the nation by Livability.com. Old Town ranked No. 3 in the nation, following Fort Collins, Colo., and Charleston, S.C. For the list, Livability editors whittled down a list of 500 cities with populations between 100,000 and 300,000. They considered the downtown’s economic vitality by assessing the city’s unemployment rate, downtown vacancy rate, distance between residential areas and downtown amenities and residents’ average income levels. The website’s editors noted Old Town is the third oldest historic district in the nation, featuring colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. “While the area is big on charm, it also offers a cosmopolitan feel and a culinary scene …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Dismissal allows Virtue Feed & Grain to proceed with building a deck in the alley, if it desires.
The Alexandria Circuit Court has dismissed the Old Dominion Boat Club’s dispute over Wales Alley, allowing Virtue Feed & Grain to lease and expand the area for outdoor dining. “We are certainly disappointed in the Circuit Court’s dismissal of this case,” said Miles Holtzman, president of the Old Dominion Boat Club. “It is distressing that a court—any court—would allow a government to take private property and allow it to be used by another private owner.” Mayor Bill Euille praised the ruling for "providing clarity of property rights for the site for the city to do as it sees fit. ...The court says the alley belongs to the City of Alexandria. "It's time to put these things behind us and move forward on the future of the waterfront …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
On the first Sunday of the month, customers are invited to dress down in Old Town.
Everyone's been there: It’s Sunday morning and you were up too late the night before. You wake up and you’re simply just too frazzled and weary to put on some clothes so you can head out to grab some grub. The folks at Virtue Feed and Grain know that predicament quite well. So much so, they’re offering customers a way around it. Virtue hosts its “Pajama Brunch” from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Customers and staff are encouraged to wear their PJs to the restaurant, with those dressing down receiving 10 percent off their bills. The idea came to Virtue owner Meshelle Armstrong following years of working as the manager of the now-shuttered Cities in Adams Morgan. “She always hated working really late Saturday …
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Washington Post Runs Fall Dining Guide this weekend
Three Old Town restaurants got a rating of “regular-worthy” on Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide. The Washington Post is running the dining guide from restaurant critic Sietsema in the magazine this weekend. The three restaurants (and Sietsema’s comments) are: Restaurant Eve’s Tasting Room: (President and Mrs. Obama celebrated their anniversary at Restaurant Eve earlier this month.) “The chef constantly pushes himself to please.” Vermilion: “The restaurant makes every meal special.” Virtue Feed & Grain: “Among the virtues at Virtue are cocktails made with beer…”. (See Patch's "Eat Local" review here.)