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100 King Street Leased – Will Carluccio’s Succeed Where Others Failed?

100 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Carluccio’s, based out of the UK, is looking to open their first restaurant in the USA right on the lower end of King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 100 King Street.

Carluccio’s aims to provide their customers great quality, authentic Italian food at sensible prices. Looking at their menu, their prices are pretty reasonable. Looking at the menu link, they have A LOT of restaurants throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East so, they have a successful formula. 

Will the formula work in Alexandria? The 100 King Street location has seen a number of restaurant tenants in the past (e.g. Red Curry and 100 King). Here’s hoping Carluccio’s succeeds where the others failed.

The first step in the process of them opening their restaurant will be to upgrade the current building. In order to do that, the prospective restaurant business will need to go through the City’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) That will happen on May 21, 2014. The proposed scope of work is to renovate the existing storefront along with a new entry way, signage, exterior lighting, awnings, and outdoor seating. To do that, they’ll need BAR approval first.

In the meantime, one of our loyal readers gave us a tip that there was work going on in the building. I have reached out to Douglas Development to find out the specifics of the work and have yet to get a response. Took a look at it first hand and it looks like crews are demoing the remnants of the interior removing the last vestiges  of the Red Curry restaurant.

Here are a couple of more photos I took.

Hard hat warning signs at the entryway (Took this when it was raining cats and dogs from my car).

Hard Hat warnings on the entry way to 100 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia

Parking is restricted in front og the building through May 2, 2014.

No parking in front of 100 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia

(H/T Red Brick Town reader Brendan)

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Great work — you got the scoop on this one.

I love this building, known historically as the Corn Exchange Building.

Wish them luck!

TY Jay – Do you have a post on the corn exchange building?

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What a waste. A third Italian restaurant on the 100 king block? Arlington has some experience with a European Italian chain and it didn’t work out too well. I hope this is better, but seems like a disappointing use of one of the best real estate options in town.


[…] This blog was the first to tell you that Carluccio’s, the UK-based restaurant group, was opening its first restaurant in the U.S. right here in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. […]


[…] We were the first to tell you that Carluccio’s, the UK-based restaurant group, was opening its first restaurant in the U.S. right here in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. […]


Any follow up on this? It’s been months, doesn’t look like much progress is being made on construction. Are they really opening a gourmet market but skipping the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons? I wonder if this enterprise has fallen prey to the 100 King Street curse.

You can see all of our posts about Carluccio’s at this link (opens June 3, 2015)::