ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The Waterfront Market, a new concept by Bittersweet’s owner Jody Manor, is taking shape on the Alexandria Waterfront. With construction well underway, Manor’s ambitious plans and business details are coming to fruition. The anticipated gourmet market will take full advantage of the city's ample views and setting along the Potomac. The Waterfront Market will cater to visitors and will also serve as a local gathering place for residents, with outdoor seating and grab-and-go meals.
The 4,000 square-foot market and café will be located at the newly minted 7 King Street address and will offer custom sandwiches, flatbreads, sushi, weekend brunch, and other quick service items. The retail market will sell gourmet grocery items, fresh produce, roasted chickens, salads, and side dishes as well as a comprehensive selection of craft beers and local and international wines. The café will seat 76 inside, 20 on the sidewalk on King Street and another 54 on a city-owned, waterfront boardwalk behind the building overlooking the marina. Rich Markus Architects were retained to design the interior layout of the new space and general contractor Patner Construction is managing the build out.
To manage the new business, Meg Samonds has been hired as the General Manager. Meg brings to the General Manager’s position an impressive background in the restaurant business. Most recently, Meg managed Washington D.C.’s iconic Kinkead’s and was the Director of Operations for the Ancora by Bob Kinkead. Prior to her tenure at Kinkead’s, Meg spent many years in the world of fine dining, and also ran her own business, Nutmeg Catering. In addition to Meg coming on board, the response to posted employment opportunities has been tremendous and the hiring process is well underway as Meg looks to build her team.
Community engagement and feedback have been key components for Jody and his team in shaping the menu and the retail product selections. Through an online survey and social media outreach, the Waterfront Market received close to 400 responses from residents and visitors with myriad ideas on what they want to see offer at the market and on the café menu. Survey responses ranged from requests for locally produced and sourced products, healthy/vegetarian selections, to weekend brunch, and an interest in having special marketing events such as wine and cheese tastings. “The mission is to build a sense of community on the waterfront,” says Jody Manor. “I want people to come back and enjoy our waterfront. We are making every effort to exceed expectations and having the input from the survey has been a great resource to help us better serve the community and visitors.”
The market is currently slated to open in mid-November with plans for a community launch party to celebrate the opening.