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Mussel And Waffles Restaurant Proposed In Alexandria

Posted on Jun 01,2018
Filed Under Restaurants , Local Tastes,
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Rendering courtesy Common Plate Hospitality

By Emily Leayman

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The team behind Mason Social and forthcoming Urbano 116 has proposed a mussel bar and beer garden at the former Hunting Creek Steak location.

Augie's Belgian Mussel House and Patio would open at 1106 King Street, according to an application filed with the City of Alexandria. Chef Eric Reid, formerly of Reserve and Del Ray Pizza will be head chef, according to Common Plate Hospitality, the group opening the restaurant. Menu offerings will include creative mussel dishes, waffles, and frites. The restaurant will also have cicerones will be on hand to help diners choose from a selection of ales.

The restaurant will draw inspiration from St. Augustine, the patron saint of brewers. The space will pay homage to medieval cathedrals and feature a grand patio, two bars, stained glass and exposed wood beams. The space currently offers 108 indoor seats and 45 outdoor seats. The hour of operation and number of employees would stay the same, according to the city application.

Common Plate's Mexican restaurant Urbano 116 had been approved earlier this year to open. An official opening date has not been announced. The group's American restaurant Mason Social has operated since 2015.

Common Plate is partnering with Asana Partners, the property owners, on Augie's and Urbano 116. The Patio at Augie's will likely be open in early July. Urbano 116 is aiming to open in December.

"Urbano 116 and Augie's are great examples of our big picture approach in Old Town, which is to build on the core, unique value of the area – the existing retailers, the community and the character-rich buildings–by bringing in individual, creative concepts like these," said Reed Kracke, managing director at Asana Partners, in a statement.

Hunting Creek closed in March after its owner Jeff Yates died. The restaurant had been open since 2015, offering steak and seafood dishes in a bistro-like space and patio facing King Street.

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