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A new Indian restaurant comes to town, oysters take the main stage and a beloved restaurant owner asks for some assistance – there’s no shortage of goings-on in Alexandria’s dining circles.

Kismet Modern Indian Nears Opening Day

Indian-cuisine fans, unite: The grand opening for Kismet Modern Indian isn’t too far away. The restaurant, which will open in the former BurgerFi (and, before that, Pat Troy’s) location at 111 North Pitt St., is ramping up the excitement on its social media channels. Just this week, the restaurant posted, “It won't be long now! The finishing touches are coming together and the team is getting ready for opening day.” Stay tuned for when Chef Ajay Kumar and team will open the eatery’s doors to a hungry public.

Kismet Modern Indian


Lori’s Table Asks for Help

It’s no surprise that the covid-19 pandemic has done a number on local businesses, and restaurants have certainly felt the blow, time and time again. Lori Feeley-Leetz, the owner of Lori’s Table, has reached out to the community for a hand amid a need for repairs and improvements at her restaurant, known for its breakfast and lunch specialties. Via her GoFundMe page, Feeley-Leetz writes, in part, “Small businesses like mine are very tenuous. I don’t have a lot of cash reserves to cover expenses for repairs and upkeep for the shop. Many small businesses will go and some have already closed their doors forever. I cannot let Lori's Table be one of these places. It’s getting tougher and tougher to keep up with all those expenses.” To contribute, visit . 

The Old Town Oyster Festival Rolls On

Adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay as Alexandria is, it’s only right that the city celebrate Oyster Week. More than a dozen local restaurants, ranging from Chadwicks to the Wharf to Union Street Public House to Landini Brothers and more, are taking part in the festivities, which run through Oct. 24. Expect oyster and Guinness pairings throughout the week, with the proceeds going to the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

Hope Nelson is the author of “Classic Restaurants of Alexandria” and owns the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at Email her any time at