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)

Having spotted President Obama on multiple occasions in Del Ray, Kevin Bacon on the Avenue, ‘Scandal’ actor Tony Goldwyn at Emma’s and most recently ‘Scandal’ actress Bellamy Young (photos), you never know who you might see along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

The Dairy Godmother spotted Washington Nationals star and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper yesterday near the shop on Labor Day before the game against the Atlanta Braves.

First Thursday Finale Showcases The Best Of The Avenue

Health and Wellness Highlighted; Restaurants Partner With Retailers For Special Discounts

Via WJLA, during tonight’s First Thursday: Health And Wellness, stroll the Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia and learn about the many health and wellness services and studios in Del Ray.  A wide variety of FREE health and wellness classes and demonstrations will take place, along with a scavenger hunt, live music by The Irish Breakfast Band, a hula hoop contest with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, mini chair massages, golf, cornhole, children’s activities, and more.

Space in the free classes are limited; click this link to register.

Del Ray First Thursday - Eat Shop Live

First Thursday Finale Showcases The Best Of The Avenue

Health and Wellness Highlighted; Restaurants Partner With Retailers For Special Discounts

Eat, Shop, and Live in Del Ray during First Thursday!  On Sept. 1, our retailers and restaurants are partnering during First Thursday: Health and Wellness on The Avenue to showcase the best of Del Ray.

SHOP:  Make a purchase at Bellies and Babies, The Dog Store, Greenstreet Gardens, Kiskadee, Purple Goose, or Top It Off on Sept. 1.  Purchases can be made at any time of day, but the receipt must be dated 9/1/16.

EAT:  From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, bring your receipt dated Sept. 1 from one of the above retailers to a participating restaurant for 15% off your entree!  Participating restaurants: Caboose Cafe, Cheesetique, Emma’s Espresso & Wine Bar, Evening Star, Fireflies, Holy Cow, Junction Bakery & Bistro, Pork Barrel BBQ, Stomping Ground, Streets Market & Café (restaurant side only), Taqueria Pablano, and the sushi bar.  Note: offer good for one discounted entree per receipt, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM only.

LIVE:  During First Thursday: Health And Wellness, stroll the Avenue and learn about the many health and wellness services and studios on the Avenue.  A wide variety of FREE health and wellness classes and demonstrations will take place, along with a scavenger hunt, live music by The Irish Breakfast Band, a hula hoop contest with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, mini chair massages, golf, cornhole, children’s activities, and more.  Space in the free classes are limited; click this link to register.

Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.

This month, the Del Ray Business Association is collecting NEW teddy bears; they will be distributed to the City of Alexandria Police and Fire Departments, the Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter, and local hospitals to be given to children in crisis.  Donations can be dropped off at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, Ease Yoga & Cafe, and Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray.

For more information on First Thursday, visit the Del Ray Business Association online.

Del Ray First Thursday Teddy Bear

SCANDAL - "Where's the Black Lady?" - With Olivia still missing, the team comes together to do whatever it takes to find her and get her home safely, on "Scandal," THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) BELLAMY YOUNG

You may know actress Bellamy Young for her role as former first lady Mellie Grant on ABC’s hit show “Scandal.” This weekend, she’s in Virginia on the campaign trail herself to help elect former first lady Hillary Clinton. Young is stomping for Hillary Clinton throughout Virginia today and tomorrow, and the actress will be getting a tour of the Del Ray neighborhood along Mount Vernon Avenue.

This Saturday, from 10:45-11:45, the actress will be getting a tour of small businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia with Gayle Reuter from the Del Ray Business Association. The Hillary Clinton Campaign is wanting to focus on the importance of America’s small businesses and have asked her to visit Del Ray which obviously has the best small businesses in the entire country.

local cafe, St. Elmo's

Become a Red Brick Town Contributor by Taking Photos!

Here is our favorite new photo from the Red Brick Town Flickr Pool, depicting the best of Alexandria, Virginia. You can see other Flickr pool submissions we have posted about at this link.

Check out this cool panorama photo of St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. The pub recently underwent a complete makeover. Pretty cool don’t you think? Be sure to follow Bill on Flickr!

Do you have a picture that depicts Alexandria, Virginia area? A GREAT way to contribute to our website is to share your photos in our Flickr pool by submitting your own!

(Flickr Pool photo via Bill, on Flickr)

Traffic crash in Alexandria, Virginia
Mount Vernon Avenue is closed in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia tonight for a traffic crash that is being investigated by the Alexandria Police.

The 3700-3900 blocks of Mount Vernon Avenue are closed until further notice. Use Executive Avenue to get around the temporary closure (see below).


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