City of Alexandria Police Department

Construction Accident in Old Town North

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating an industrial accident that occurred during rush hour this morning in the 700 block of Wythe Street at Washington Street.

One person was burned by electricity and transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. Sources says construction crane accidentally hit power lines and construction worker was injured.

The 700 block of Wythe is closed to traffic. Many traffic lights in that area are out due to the power outage from the accident.

Treat all uncontrolled intersections as four-way stops. Please be patient and take turns.

(Image via Cliff, on Flickr)

DASH Bus (screen shot)

DASH Bus Service Changes Affect Old Town North Routes

On Sunday, September 4th, DASH will implement the following service improvements (see below) in the Old Town North area of Alexandria, Virginia on the: AT1, AT4, AT5, AT7, AT8 & AT9!

Check the new DASH Ride Guide for route and schedule information, as minor schedule adjustments have been made on many routes to improve coordination and reliability.


Montgomery Park in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

Old Town’s newest Farmer’s Market is open Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM year-round at Montgomery Park at located at 901 N. Royal Street in Alexandria, Virginia. The market features local growers, bakers, and other area providers of wholesome foods including Twin Springs, Grace’s Pastries, Bread & Water, and Relay Foods year round, weather permitting.

Relay Foods – the healthy online grocery store – is offering a new grocery pickup site at the Old Town North Farmers Market!

Shop online at and pick up your groceries every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 pm., then visit the vendors at the farmers market for more local goodies! Use the code OLDTOWN15 to get $15 off your first order at!

The market is presented by the Old Town North Community Partnership and supported by the City of Alexandria and Yogis for Positive Change.

For additional information about the weekly market, visit the market online.

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)

Potomac river
We’re hearing from readers there has been an increase in the number of snake sightings recently in Alexandria, Virginia along the Potomac River waterfront. It is not unusual for snakes to look for higher ground after a rain storm like the one on Sunday. In urban and suburban settings, Alexandria, Virginia residents are more likely to run into a copperhead snake.

Here’s one of the emails we received:

Hello! I live in north Old Town and was out by the river yesterday, and I saw handmade signs warning of water moccasins and copperhead snakes and warning people to stay off the rocks. I hope there wasn’t an incident that preceded the creation of these signs, but at the very least, it seems like someone saw one! I just wanted to spread the word.

What to do if a snake bites:

  1. Stay Calm. Get the patient to the nearest hospital right away! Call 911.
  2. Try to identify the snake by sight only. Look for color, patterns and head shape.
  3. Do not try to kill the snake; it could bite again.
  4. Keep the patient calm and immobile (preferably lying down).
  5. Keep the affected limb at an even level with the rest of the body.
  6. Do not give the patient food, drink or medication (e.g., pain medications, alcohol, etc.).
  7. Do not use a tourniquet.
  8. Do not cut the wound.
  9. Do not try to suck out the venom.
  10. Do not pack the wound in ice. Bites from non-venomous snakes should be washed with warm soapy water; a tetanus shot may be needed.

(Photo by Dewita Soharjono, on Flickr)

Washingtonian Cheap Eats (Image via @Haute_Dogs on Twitter)

We were alerted yesterday to the news of Cameron Station’s London Curry House being named a Best Cheap Eat in Large Groups. Now, there are three more restaurants to tell you about that have been named Best Cheap Eats in the Washington, D.C. area in 2016.


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