Alexandria, VA – Looking to expand your dining options? On Tuesday, the Alexandria City Council approved a special use permit allowing for the construction of a 13,130 square foot food hall at 200 Stovall Street. The Stovall Street Food Hall will feature live music, and will be able to accommodate a dozen vendors with three staffers apiece and up to 600 customers. It is planned to open in 2020.
Alexandria entrepreneur Scott Shaw owns the property with Andrew Galbraith and Kelly Grant and their new company, Stovall Owner, LLC. The food hall will use disposable paper cups, plates, and utensils. Trash will be picked up daily and the company has agreed that no odors will go beyond the property line.
“Eisenhower Ave. has reached an inflection point and it is an underutilized area for restaurants,” Shaw told The Zebra. “If we do it right it will be a draw. The food hall movement is about bringing high quality chef-driven food with affordable prices in an engaging atmosphere… It will probably be a mix of local chef operators and regional players.”
Carlyle is fast becoming a hotspot for business, not just from the lunch crowd working nearby at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or the Alexandria Police Department. Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn, for instance, recently opened their third restaurant Whiskey & Oyster in the neighborhood. The food hall will feature indoor entertainment, including non-electric yard games such as corn hole and shuffleboard. Parking will not be provided, although a parking garage is located within 400 feet of the site.
“We’re looking on attracting the lunch and dinner crowd,” said Shaw, who was also instrumental in bringing the Tall Ship Providence to the Alexandria waterfront. “And with the music, if it is done right it can help activate the food hall and the neighborhood.”
The Alexandria Food Hall will sell liquor, beer, and wine and be open from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. on weekends and midnight throughout the week. Shaw is a partner with the Alexandria Restaurant Group, and is partly responsible for Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Vola’s Dockside Grill & High Tide Lounge, The Majestic, and Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar in Alexandria.