Derek Brown’s Shaw Bars Mark Star Wars, Kentucky Derby

Derek Brown’s Shaw bars Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency have two special events happening this week. Details below:

Star Wars Week at Eat the Rich: May 3-6

May the 4th (and 3rd, 5th & 6th) be with you! Shaw oyster bar Eat the Rich (1839 7th Street NW) will launch its first annual Star Wars Week kicking off TuesdayMay 3 and running through FridayMay 6Star Wars fans will enjoy a special themed cocktail menu, including drinks such as the “Darkside Daiquiri,” the “Sidecar D-2” and the “Yoda Soda.” The best part: Bar staff will be dressed as Darth VaderLuke Skywalker and other iconic characters and will offer guests 10% off their tab for wearing their best Star Wars costumes, too.

Derby Day at Southern Efficiency: May 7 

To celebrate the Kentucky Derby on SaturdayMay 7, Southern food and whiskey bar Southern Efficiency (1841 7th Street NW) will host its Third Annual Derby Day. Diehard Derby fans can head to Southern Efficiency to enjoy delicious Mint Juleps and the bar’s signature Rolled Oyster Hot Browns.” Race enthusiasts are invited to pre-game for the Derby at 2 p.m. and stay to watch the greatest two minutes in sports at 6:34 p.m. Naturally, spectators are encouraged to wear their favorite seersucker suits and big hats. 


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Bistrot Royal to Close, Owners to Focus on Bastille in The Asher, Alexandria

Chef/Owners Christophe & Michelle Poteaux of Bastille announced will close the restaurant’s former location and current incarnation, “Bistrot Royal” at 1201 N. Royal Street in Alexandria, after service on April 30, 2016.  The husband and wife duo will concentrate on Bastille’s new location at The Asher located at 606 N. Fayette Street in the Old Town neighborhood. 

Bastille’s menu will be redesigned to incorporate some favorites from Bistrot Royal’s more casual menu, such as Frisee Salad with Lardons, French Onion Soup and Duck Confit .  Bastille’s menu will continue to also reflect the restaurant’s upscale contemporary takes on French cuisine. 

Bastille includes an all day Café menu, patio and dining room with full menu that includes a la carte and prix fixe options. 

Bastille will honor gift certificates from Bistrot Royal until September 5, 2016

Chefs Poteaux’s statement to their guests:

New Beginnings

It is with great excitement and a little melancholia that we announce the closure of our restaurant Bistrot Royal at 1201 N. Royal Street location on Saturday, April 30th, 2016.  We have enjoyed tremendous success in this location for the last 10 years and we plan to treat its final week in business as a celebration. We are very proud of the work we have done to create a unique dining experience here in Alexandria and we feel truly honored to have been a part of special moments in our guests’ lives from engagements to birthdays to weekly dinners.

Our staff has become our extended family and most have been dedicated team members since our opening in 2006, or shortly thereafter. This is a very emotional time saying goodbye to that special place on North Royal Street so we invite you, our guests, to share this time with us.

Over the past year and half, we have been splitting our time between the two restaurants.  This resulted in neither being able to reach its full potential.   On a personal level, our growing and busy family helped us realize the importance of optimizing our time and our continued endeavors to expand Bastille.

At Bastille at the Asher, our guests can expect the same traditional French dishes with the same consistency, but combined with the contemporary cuisine of Bastille. We will continue to showcase local, sustainable ingredients with a modern approach.

We are so grateful and humbled that so many guests have chosen Bastille for their special occasions, celebrations, and gatherings over the past 10 years. We are looking forward to continuing to serve and host all at the new Bastille with the same familiar faces, the same quality cuisine and, of course, the same couple at the helm.

Until then, come celebrate with us one last time at 1201 N. Royal Street location.  We will be closing Bistrot Royal doors for a final time at the end of service on Saturday, April 30th, and look forward to serving and seeing our customers and friends now and in the future at Bastille on Fayette Street. 

Bastille is open Tuesday through Saturday   from 11:30 am until 10 pm and Sunday 11:30 am until 9pm serving brunch, lunch, dinner and all day dining with café and bar menu offered.  The restaurant is located in The Asher at 606 N. Fayette Street in Alexandria, VA.

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Alfie’s Fabian Malone Named to Avua Cachaca’s ‘Team USA’

Fabian Malone,  the bartender at Alfie’s, Washington, D.C., is one of 25 bartenders named to Avuá Cachaça “Team USA,” a roster of the country’s top bartenders who share in Avuá’s passion for Brazil’s culture, flavor and the biggest sporting event on the planet. 

Avuá’s Team USA will train for the Summer Games by creating Avuá Cachaça cocktails with Avuá Prata, Avuá Amburana and Avuá Oak.

“Avuá’s Team USA bartenders each represent their city’s cocktail culture and will present ways to enjoy high-quality cachaça in classic and modern cocktails to toast the Summer Games,” says Nate Whitehouse, co-founder of Avuá Cachaça. “Avuá Prata is a crisp, vibrant spirit that has been distilled in copper pot stills and rested in stainless steel casks for six months, while Avuá Amburana uses an exotic woods native to Brazil and South America and Avuá Oak is aged for up to two years in French Oak casks. All three expressions represent the spirit of Brazil in a glass.”

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