Teaism restaurant in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

New Vietnamese restaurant from Caphe Banh Mi Owner

According to planning documents filed this week with the City (PDF), a new Vietnamese restaurant plans to take the place of the closed Teaism  in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 682 North St. Asaph Street. The new owner owns the Caphe Banh Mi Restaurant on Cameron Street. I spoke to the owner, My Kieu Huynh, who says this will be a new restaurant called ‘Sunday in Saigon’.

The owner has proposed to keep the same hours. According to the documents, the only thing changing will be the bar location.

According to the documents, the restaurant plans on serving lunch and dinner and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 Midnight Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Midnight Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant will have indoor seating for 157, and outdoor seating for 40.

If you have any comments regarding this request, please contact Planning and Zoning staff at 703-746-4666. It is unclear what the deadline for public comment is as of this writing.

(H/T Nathan)

(Photo via Google Maps)

Virginia ABC store on North St. Asaph Street Alexandria Virginia

Virginia ABC Responds to Controversy over Location of Temporary Store

UPDATE (9:32 PM): Sources and parents tell me the school is NOT moving and that Virginia ABC’s information is incorrect.

This is an update to this post. Earlier this week, a reader drew our attention that the Virginia ABC is planning to temporarily open a liquor store in the Old Town North neighborhood next door to a children’s preschool.

A reader and parent of a child in the preschool located next door to the proposed liquor store wrote in with concerns over a liquor store so close to the preschool. Prior to posting, we reached out to Virginia ABC and they have now provided us with this statement.

The existing Virginia ABC store at 901 N. Saint Asaph Street in Alexandria is scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt as part of a retail and residential redevelopment project. Searching for a location from which to provide service to Old Town area customers during the redevelopment closure, ABC identified and leased space in Washington Square.

When Virginia ABC representatives toured the proposed space in Washington Square, the landlord indicated that the adjacent tenant would be departing its location later in the year upon expiration of its lease. At that time, it was neither known nor observed that the adjacent tenant was a daycare. Virginia ABC, in fact, was offered that additional space but the agency turned it down because of its plans to reopen at the original location.

The Washington Square Virginia ABC store is not yet open and the agency does not have a projected opening date at this time.

Virginia ABC is aware of the concerns expressed by some of the daycare parents about the proximity of the store, and is collectively working with the landlord and the daycare for a resolution.

City of Alexandria Police Department

The Alexandria Police Department responded to  a bomb threat at a grocery store in the 700 block of North St. Asaph Street late last night (see below) in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. The store evacuated their patrons; Police investigated the threat thoroughly.


(Photo by Cliff, on Flickr)

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A new row of townhomes is coming to Old Town North.

The site consists of two tracts of land that were owned by the City of Alexandria and have now been purchased by Y-12 Investments. The first tract, located at 509 N. Saint Asaph Street, is occupied by the former City of Alexandria Health Department building. This tract consists of seven parcels and an “L”-shaped alley, totaling approximately 28,261 square feet of land. These parcels were assembled in 1949 to construct a new building for the City Health Department.

According to plans, the former Health Department building, located at 509 N. St. Asaph Street in Alexandria, Virginia will be subdivided into nine fee-simple townhouse lots, with free-standing garages for five of the units (Lots 8-12), and basement-level garages for the other four units (Lots 13-16). Renovations to the historic structure include penthouse additions on the north and south wings, and modest additions at the rear of the structure. The 511 Oronoco Street parking lot will be subdivided into seven townhouse lots, each with a free-standing garage.

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