BBQ Bus food truck

Food Truck vending in Alexandria, Virginia’s Carlyle Neighborhood

Today, (Tuesday, October 25), the BBQ Bus food truck is serving off-street in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia on the campus of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


(Photo via ep_jhu, on Flickr)

UPDATE (10:28 AM): Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels just announced they will be at the USPTO today as well:


This is an update to this post. On May 10, the Alexandria City Council voted to allow food truck vendors to operate in three designated, on-street locations on public property in addition to previously approved off-street locations.

On-street food truck vending was approved in the following areas:

  • 800 block of N. West Street, north of Madison Street, near the Braddock Road Metro;
  • the 1700 block of King Street adjacent to King Street Gardens; and
  • The 2200 block of Eisenhower Avenue, near Mill Road.

We’re keeping tabs on the three locations on a daily basis as well as off-street. Off-street vending is still allowed in Alexandria, Virginia.

Today, on the campus of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the Popped Republic food truck will be serving at lunch time.

FordMustang6515Display

This split-personality Mustang — part 1965 and 2015 Mustang — is part of a new, permanent Intellectual Property Power™ Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame museum on the United States Patent and Trademark Office Campus in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo: Business Wire)

Side-By-Side 1965, 2015 Mustang Display Showcases 50 Years of Innovation at National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum

Ford and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum (NIHF) have unveiled a one-of-a-kind Mustang that marries a 1965 model to a 2015 model in a unique side-by-side display for the museum located at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia.

The split-personality Mustang is part of a new, permanent Intellectual Property PowerExhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame museum on the United States Patent and Trademark Office Campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The Mustang, along with other exhibits, Museum exhibits, including the Mustang, celebrate the story of intellectual property and illuminates its significance to progress, innovation, and culture in America, as well as how trademarks, patents, and other forms of intellectual property make modern amenities possible. The interactive display is designed to highlight the importance of patents and the tremendous march of technology over the decades. It calls out various patents in the current vehicle, as well as those in the original pony car.

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The Uptowner Cafe Has Closed

New seafood restaurant ‘OSHUN’ from Sweet Fire Donna’s owner ‘Mango’ Mike Anderson

As we told you, a new full-service restaurant ‘OSHUN’ (an acronym for ‘Organization of Shellfish and Healthy Underwater Nutrition’), plans to open in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 333 John Carlyle Street.

The restaurant plans on serving lunch and dinner and will be open from 11:00 a.m. to Midnight daily according to the documents. The restaurant will have indoor seating for 95, a full bar, oyster bar, and patio seating. We did find out from ‘Mango’ Mike Anderson that the restaurant aims to take over the old Pizzeria Venti space at the location and the old dry cleaner next door (see above).

If you have any comments regarding this request, please contact Planning and Zoning staff at 703 746-4666 or email Sara Brandt-Vorel directly. The deadline for comments is Thursday, February 4, 2016.

333 John Carlyle Street Alexandria, Virginia

New seafood restaurant from Sweet Fire Donna’s owner ‘Mango’ Mike Anderson

According to planning documents filed TODAY with the City, a new full-service restaurant ‘OSHUN’ (an acronym for ‘Organization of Shellfish and Healthy Underwater Nutrition’), plans to open in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 333 John Carlyle Street. We had told you about the possibility of a new restaurant here some time ago. This is a new restaurant endeavor from ‘Mango’ Mike Anderson, who owns numerous restaurants in Alexandria – Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray, Sushi Del Ray, and of course Sweet Fire Donna’s (also located in Carlyle).

It is unclear at this writing whether the seafood restaurant is going into the vacant space you see above at the corner of Jamieson Avenue and John Carlyle Street or, if it is taking over the vacated Pizzeria Venti space. We have contacted Mike for comment.

The restaurant plans on serving lunch and dinner and will be open from 11:00 a.m. to Midnight daily according to the documents. The restaurant will have indoor seating for 95, a full bar, oyster bar, and patio seating.

If you have any comments regarding this request, please contact Planning and Zoning staff at 703 746-4666 or email Sara Brandt-Vorel directly. The deadline for comments is Thursday, February 4, 2016.

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