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The Majestic in Alexandria Among First to Sign Up for New ‘Open Seat’ Program

ALEXANDRIA, VA–On September 27, 2018 the Virginia Tourism Corporation, in partnership with OpenTable, announced the launch of OpenSeat, a new program that allows diners to opt-in to share an open seat at their table with someone new. The program is designed to bring people together over a shared meal and celebrate common ground. More than 30 restaurants across the Commonwealth are participating in this pilot program.

The Majestic in Alexandria, which is housed in an historic and iconic Old Town, Alexandria, VA storefront, is the first Alexandria restaurant to sign up. Other Alexandria restaurants listed on the site are Virtue Feed and Grain, Palette 22, Mia’s Italian Kitchen and Joe Theismann’s.

Virginia Tourism and OpenTable are turning open seats into chance meetings at busy restaurants all across Virginia. To participate, guests can book their reservations at one of the participating restaurants on OpenTable here. Before completing the reservation, diners simply write “OpenSeat” in the notes section. If another guest walks into the restaurant that has also opted into the program, both parties will be seated together. They’ll then have the opportunity to connect around the table and get to know one another. Participants will also receive a complimentary appetizer as a part of their experience.

“Virginia has quickly become one of the most celebrated destinations in the country for culinary enthusiasts,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “Visitors are traveling to Virginia to experience our world-class restaurants headed up by talented, award-winning chefs. The OpenSeat programs allows diners to meet new people over a shared meal at our most beloved restaurants, and discover for themselves why Virginia is for food lovers. We are thrilled to be partnering with OpenTable this fall on such a fun, innovative program that is sure to bring many new people together.”

“To paraphrase William Butler Yeats, there are no strangers, only friends we haven’t yet met,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer. “And what better way to get to know people in the community than by sharing a delicious meal in a welcoming setting. We look forward to hearing about the connections made around the table through this program.”

Participating restaurants include some of the most notable dining destinations in Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke, Fairfax and Alexandria, such as:


– Roanoke, VA

Brine at Mosaic

– Fairfax, VA

Little Saint

– Richmond, VA

The Majestic

– Alexandria, VA

Mermaid Winery

– Norfolk, VA

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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