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New Seafood Restaurant ‘OSHUN’ in Carlyle (Update)

The Uptowner Cafe Has Closed

New seafood restaurant ‘OSHUN’ from Sweet Fire Donna’s owner ‘Mango’ Mike Anderson

As we told you, a new full-service restaurant ‘OSHUN’ (an acronym for ‘Organization of Shellfish and Healthy Underwater Nutrition’), plans to open in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 333 John Carlyle Street.

The restaurant plans on serving lunch and dinner and will be open from 11:00 a.m. to Midnight daily according to the documents. The restaurant will have indoor seating for 95, a full bar, oyster bar, and patio seating. We did find out from ‘Mango’ Mike Anderson that the restaurant aims to take over the old Pizzeria Venti space at the location and the old dry cleaner next door (see above).

If you have any comments regarding this request, please contact Planning and Zoning staff at 703 746-4666 or email Sara Brandt-Vorel directly. The deadline for comments is Thursday, February 4, 2016.

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The label on the photo says the uptowner cafe has closed info provided by Carlyle..

That would be a shock to me! They’re great and have been there a long time.

Say it ain’t so!

Jay – This was Uptowner Cafe’s 2nd location. The original location is STILL on King Street


This would be great news. Carlyle needs a critical mass of establishments to drive foot traffic outside of USPTO hours. Once there’s enough, it’ll feed itself and more spaces should start filling up. It’s amazing how slowly the ground-level retail has grown around here.


Carlyle is a post-apocalyptic nightmare.


I thought that was what everyone always said about Crystal City. Hyperbole much?


Sweet Fire Donna’s caused an area sensation from the start by inviting residents of the local apartment buildings to a Saturday afternoon Happy Hour soon after it opened in the dead of winter two years ago(?). This was a brilliant strategy to engage the local community within walking distance to an intimate no-fuss eatery where one can have a beer, watch sports and maybe even meet up with the tenants in apartment 1416. It’s hard to find seats on a Saturday night and forget-about-it in the summer. Walkability is such an important feature to Old Town and I am pleased… Read more »


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