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Bittersweet on the Waterfront

Posted on May 14,2013
Filed Under Restaurants , Local Tastes,

Photo by John Arundel 
The Old Town waterfront.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Old Town's Waterfront is due for what may become one of many makeovers with the opening of Waterfront Market this summer, a combination market and restaurant that will take full advantage of the city's views of the Potomac, Rebecca Cooper reports in the Washington Business Journal:

"After owning Bittersweet Cafe in Old Town Alexandria for the past three decades — and living in the city for longer than that — Jody Manor decided it was time to do something about its hidden gem: the waterfront.

A view of the outdoor seating proposed for
Waterfront Market in Alexandria

Manor plans to open Waterfront Market this summer, a combination market and restaurant that will take full advantage of the city's ample views of the Potomac. The market will cater to tourists with outdoor seating and grab-and-go meals, but also serve as a resource for residents, according to Manor.

"Tourism is an important part of our economy but it really struck me as wrong that residents don't really use the waterfront," he said.

Manor previously had a shop in the nearby food court-style pavilion on the waterfront, but that building is now empty and its owner is seeking a new tenant.

The building that Waterfront Market will move into, at 101 S. Union Street, has been empty for approximately a decade; part of the space is being provided to the city of Alexandria as a store for the historical museum.

The 4,000-square-foot market will include grab-and-go sandwiches, fresh sushi and other items, all while selling basic groceries, such as fresh produce and beer and wine. Manor is trying to work out a deal to allow vendors to sell other items using retail carts owned by the city.

The restaurant side will include a quick-service counter similar to what's currently in Bittersweet Cafe, which will remain at 823 King St., although it won't be quite so self-serve, according to Manor. The new restaurant will seat 76 inside, 20 on the sidewalk on King Street and another 54 on a city-owned, waterfront boardwalk behind the building. He's aiming for an August opening."

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