Alexandria, VA – In the mood for southern fare? The Mill at 10 Duke Street just entered into a partnership with award-winning chef John Currence. The restaurant still has to go through the approval with the Planning Commission and City Council, but owner Murray Bonitt is going full steam ahead.
“People are not only going to love the food John brings to Alexandria, but I think the city will adopt him quickly as one of their own,’” said Bonitt. “He’s talented, funny and approachable. He’s wired right and will make a great addition to the team and the community.”
Currence, a 2009 James Beard Award winner, is the driving force behind the City Grocery Restaurant Group, which includes Snackbar, Bouré, and Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, Mississippi. He’s also written two cookbooks, Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey and Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day.
“When I heard from Murray and he explained the vision of The Mill at 10 Duke and the role I would play in bringing the culinary experience and culture to the Alexandria, I was immediately on-board,” said Chef John Currence. “Coming to Alexandria and helping Murray and the team bring this exciting opportunity to life is something I’m proud to be a part of in this historic, waterfront community.”
Bonitt announced the purchase of the property last June, and said that once the warehouse property is completely renovated, and if the project is approved by the Planning Commission and City Council, it will open to accommodate up to 283 patrons in the fall of 2020.
The Planning Commission will vote on the restaurant on Nov. 7.