Ribbon Cut! Whiskey & Oyster Officially Opens its Doors to Alexandria

It took two years for the restaurant to open.

The ribbon cutting at Whiskey & Oyster on Monday, July 8, 2018. (Photo by Griffin Vision)

By Elijah Walter Griffin, Sr. 

Alexandria, VA- After a soft opening in May, Whiskey & Oyster officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting on Monday, July 8. It’s the sixth restaurant in Alexandria for owners Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn in Alexandria!

It’s the third restaurant in Carlyle for the partners’ Homegrown Restaurant Group, joining Sweet Fire Donna’s and Tequila & Taco. Read about ttheir soft opening in May here.   

(Left to right) Chelsea, Mike, and Donna Anderson at the ribbon cutting of Whiskey & Oyster. (Photo by Griffin Vision)

“We like Carlyle, we think it’s a sleeper,” Anderson told the crowd of dignitaries who assembled at the ribbon cutting.

The event was attended by business and community leaders, including Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson, Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Councilors John Chapman, Canek Aguirre, Amy Jackson, and leaders from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

“You guys are a dynamic duo,” Wilson told Blackburn and Anderson at the ribbon cutting. “We’re thrilled to have you here.”

Whiskey & Oyster at 301 John Carlyle St., took Anderson and Blackburn more than two years to open, and features more than 50 unique whiskies and 12 craft beers, as well as a full seafood menu.

Additionally, 10 cents will be donated from every oyster sold to ALIVE!

Alexandria City Councilor Canek Aguirre (on left) with Alexandria Chamber of Commerce CEO Joe Haggerty at the ribbon cutting of Whiskey & Oyster. (Photo by Griffin Vision)
Whisky & Oyster owners Bill Blackburn (on left) and Mike and Donna Anderson at the ribbon cutting of their restaurant Whiskey & Oyster. (Photo by Griffin Vision)
(Left to right) Alexandria City Councilor Amy Jackson, Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Councilor John Chapman, Bill Blackburn and his son, Mayor Justin Wilson, Donna Anderson, Mike Anderson and Councilor Canek Aguirre. (Photo by Griffin Vision)