Appetite: Off the Menu in Alexandria

Appetite: Off the Menu in Alexandria

News and notes from the restaurant scene.

From openings to closings to cat cafés and more, there’s a lot going on within Alexandria’s food and restaurant scene at the moment. Here’s a peek into what’s on our radar.

SnackBar, Bagel Uprising Closed

The duo – SnackBar providing the storefront, Bagel Uprising providing the breaded carbs – had been serving up snacks for about a year before announcing the closure in August. As the closure date of Sept. 3 drew near, the team announced a partnership with Common Plate Hospitality Group, the developers of Mason Social, Augie’s Mussel Bar and Urbano 116. No details have been made public yet.

Mount Purrnon Aims to Become City’s First Cat Café

With the success of DC’s Crumbs and Whiskers, Kristin Cowan aims to bring the feline-coffee combination to Alexandria. Per the café’s website, Mount Purrnon secured $25,000 in a springtime Kickstarter campaign and is now “in the process of securing the remaining funds, finding the perfect location, and tackling all of the remaining permits, licenses, etc.” The café aims to be open by the end of 2018.

Glory Days Grill Opens on Duke Street

The latest installment of the expansive chain of sports-themed restaurants opened its doors at 3141 Duke St. in Alexandria last month and celebrated its grand opening Sept. 6. The family-friendly establishment offers up an array of “American”-style fare, from burgers (and veggie burgers) to wings, salads to shareables.

Charlie’s On the Avenue Opens in Del Ray

The long-awaited bar and grill has opened its doors at 1501 Mount Vernon Avenue after months of preparation. A sibling to the nearby Live Oak restaurant, Charlie’s has more of a sports bar and family-friendly theme, with plenty of noshes to share while watching the game — as well as a full array of sandwiches, tacos, burgers, po’ boys and, yes, lots of beer. A kids menu rounds out the offerings.

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