Meggrolls at 107 N. Fayette Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

If you’re not familiar with Meghan Baroody’s delicious ‘meggrolls’, you take an egg roll, add creative fillings like Buffalo chicken or mac n’ cheese, fry until crisp-and-gooey.

On Thursday, the food truck operator-turned-caterer announced more about her brick-and-mortar concept. The 25-seat shop will open in Old Town, Alexandria in April 2017 in the former home of Five Guys.

In an email to customers, Meghan wrote:

So many amazing things have happened since Meggrolls reached its Kickstarter campaign goal last Valentine’s Day, just one year ago.

After an exciting, action-packed 2016, my business partner Alex and I are pumped to make this year even more memorable.

On February 1st, we received the keys to our new home at 107 N. Fayette St. in Old Town, Alexandria (the old Five Guys), and the transformation has already commenced!

We could not be more thrilled with how the shop is coming together– Lookin’ sharp!

And if things continue to move along smoothly, we’ll be ready to open the doors in April– so exciting!

The city and the small business community of Old Town have shown us so much support– we already feel like we are a part of the family.

We simply can’t wait to bring something unique and special to the city of Alexandria, and I’m so excited and proud to be raising my business here in my hometown.

Please make sure to connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for even more updates as they happen!

Thanks for all of your support!

Five Guys at 725 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Five Guys Opens Largest Location in Northern Virginia

The ‘new’ Five Guys King Street location in Alexandria, Virginia, which replaces the old Bertucci’s restaurant, opens Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 11:00 AM. The eatery will have 83 seats inside and seating for 12 outside on the N. Columbus side of the restaurant. The eatery is located at 725 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Hours of the eatery will be 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.


Kiosk ordering - now rolling out at Alexandria, Virginia area McDonald's
In addition to mobile payments, McDonald’s is updating U.S. restaurants with self-service kiosk ordering, “smart” menu boards, custom sandwiches and table service, according to Reuters

Kiosk ordering has now come to Alexandria, Virginia area McDonald’s as the 61-year-old company is playing catch up in the technology area to early adopters such as Domino’s Pizza, Starbucks and Panera Bread. Instead of waiting in line to carefully convey your complicated order, folks can tap it into a giant touch screen.

The kiosks (‘Create Your Taste’) “let you order exactly what you want with more choices than ever before,” the company website says.

I noticed that the North Henry Street McDonald’s now has fully operational kiosks. As of right now, you do have to interact with a human at the register if you want to pay with cash; the kiosks accept mobile payment options from Apple and Google, and debit or credit cards.

I’m told the only other McDonald’s in the Alexandria, Virginia area that has them right now is the Glebe Road store.

McDonald’s is trying to build a better McDonald’s – for a FULL look at the changes coming to all stores, see this video.

Al's Steak House in Del Ray

Al’s Steakhouse Projects Reopening December 2016 – Will be at Art on the Avenue

This is an update to this post. After suffering a devastating fire on their grand reopening day, the Del Ray community came out and supported Al’s Steakhouse with a HUGE fundraiser.

A Del Ray institution, Al’s Steak House closed in December 2015 after the death of John Severson, who took over the shop from its namesake in 1965. The Breeding family, longtime customers of Al’s Steak House, purchased the restaurant, and has worked with the Severson family to preserve the neighborhood landmark and its signature steak-and-cheese sandwiches.

Now, looks like the Breeding family is targeting December for the grand reopening and they are looking be at Art on the Avenue this October.

Via Facebook

Projected date of reopening is early December. Contractor will begin removing the equipment this week and demolishing some of the interior while we wait on the Architect to finish the building plans for permits.

However, If you really can’t wait until December come see us at Art on the Avenue! We will have only Steak N Cheese, Chips and drinks. We are in the process of completing the application and we will post further notice once it’s guaranteed! See you October 1st!

Join me in shouting Woohoo!

(H/T Ray Dell)

(Flickr Pool photo via Bill, on Flickr)

BurgerFi in Old Town Alexandria, virginia

BurgerFi Franchise replacing Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own

This is this post. After gaining approval from the City of Alexandria in 2015, sources have confirmed that the new BurgerFi franchise will now open its doors for a soft opening’ on Monday, September 26 in the former Ireland’s Own space located at 111 N. Pitt Street in Old Town.

The Florida-based burger chain boasts a “better burger concept” that focuses on all-natural, free-range beef without steroids, antibiotics, chemicals or additives. Burgerfi also sells fresh-cut fries, onion rings, Kobe beef hot dogs, quinoa veggie burgers, craft beer and wine in its environmentally friendly restaurants.

View the BurgerFi menu online.

According to planning documents filed with the City, the Old Town Alexandria BurgerFi location will seat 200 (outdoor seating included). The hours stated on the application are 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. I have also heard they will be selling beer and wine.

As you can see below, they are hiring. You can view their job openings online.

BurgerFi in Old Town Alexandria, virginia

Tempo Restaurant

Top Ten OpenTable Diners’ Choice Neighborhood Gems in the Washington, D.C. Area

Tempo Restaurant, the upscale French-Italian Alexandria, Virginia eatery located at 4231 Duke Street in the West End, has been recognized on the list of Top 10 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area, as voted by OpenTable Diners.

OpenTable, the online reservation system, ranked the Top 10 “neighborhood gem” restaurants using online reviews.

OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 20 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 38,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation.

The Top 10 ‘Neighborhood Gems’ include:

  1. Thaiverse (Lovettsville, VA)
  2. Terasol (Chevy Chase, MD)
  3. Il Radicchio (Arlington)
  4. Tula’s Restaurant & Bar (Little Washington)
  5. Masala Art DC (Tenleytown)
  6. Sur La Place (Palisades NW)
  7. Tempo Restaurant (Alexandria)
  8. K Town Bistro (Kensington)
  9. Bistro 360 (Arlington)
  10. Praline Bakery & Bistro (Chevy Chase)
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