The folks behind Blackwall Hitch were kind enough to give me a tour this morning of the new 10,000-square-foot restaurant taking over the Torpedo Factory Food Pavilion on Alexandria’s waterfront. Blackwall Hitch formally OPENED for business TODAY, Monday, June 8. You can see the array of photos above (use mouse to scroll through them).
Blackwall Hitch honors the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay with a modern interpretation of a classic coastal tavern. You can check out the menu at this link (catch a presentation of the menu from Executive Chef Michael Wagner here).
The name comes from London’s Blackwall Port. The ships from the Blackwall Port set sail and docked in the ports in Maryland (e.g. Annapolis) and Virginia (e.g. Old Town Alexandria) and other areas along the Eastern Seaboard. The name also comes from the blackwall hitch knot which also gets its name from London’s Blackwall Port.
Here’s are some highlight’s from a tour I took this morning of Alexandria, Virginia’s newest restaurant. You can see our previous posts on the restaurant at this link.
When you first walk in through the large yellow doors, my first word was Wow! I am told that before the owners opened the Annapolis Tavern, they had already set their sights on Alexandria for a location. The team’s attention to detail in this new restaurant is outstanding.
Some residents have been a bit emotional checking out the new joint as it is VASTLY improved over the old food court pavilion.
As an Alexandrian, just got misty eyed walking into the new @BlackwallHitch. Thx u for turning this long “eye sore” into a beautiful gem.
— Maurisa Potts (@MTPotts) June 7, 2015
A lot of the existing framework in the building was kept and re-purposed, for example, the stairs you see behind the LIVE music stage in the Quarterdeck Room.
The restaurant seats 315 inside and has large patio areas both out front (above), which I am told WILL BE dog-friendly, and in back (see below). The patios seat well over 100 additional guests.
The patio seating includes several lounge areas with enclosed fire pits. Perfect for when it turns cooler.
Upstairs, the ‘Crow’s Nest’ offers some really gorgeous views of the Potomac and some really comfortable sofa seating. A GREAT place to relax after work.
The team also made the effort to pay homage to Alexandria’s port city heritage with a gorgeous painting viewable from the ‘Crow’s Nest’. Kind of looks like L’Hermione doesn’t it?
Scroll through the photos above for more and please join me in welcoming Blackwall Hitch to Old Town Alexandria!