With the opening of the new Chart House Restaurant at the foot of Cameron Street, Alexandria has taken another progressive step forward in the revitalization of its waterfront. – “Wandering Along the Waterfront, Cameron to King St,” T. Michael Miller
It’s been almost 15 years since T. Michael Miller wrote the above hopeful statement. The Chart House is still there, but if you’ll pardon the pun, the revitalization of the waterfront got stuck on a sandbar.
With the announcement that veteran businessman Larry Ray will open up “Blackwall Hitch,” beside the Chart House in 2014, and today’s opening of Waterfront Market and Café at 7 King Street, there’s new hope that maybe this time the waterfront will finally get its long overdue remake.
No matter what happens, we can say by first impressions that Bittersweet owner Jody Manor has delivered something special, something that will benefit both residents and visitors. His remake of this marina-side space adds new life to a part of town that falls silent in the winter.
It was too cold and rainy for al fresco dining today, but on warmer ones, patrons can choose from 58 outdoor seats.
Inside, a cozy atmosphere welcomed the excited first day crowds.
“I think it’s going to be a big draw,” Alexandria resident Mike Young said.
Waterfront Market and Café offers soups, salads, sandwiches, sushi, and other prepared foods. Once their liquor license is approved, they will offer beers on tap, bottled, and wine.
Decades from now when folks reflect back on the waterfront’s remake, talk will turn to when and where it all got started. The approval of the waterfront plan is certainly a milestone, but we hope the launch of Waterfront Market and Café will be remembered too.