Austin Grill & Tequila Bar Closing in Alexandria

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Austin Grill Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

UPDATE (6:01 PM): Tracked down the name of the ‘new’ restaurant concept going into this space. The new restaurant will be called ‘Hen Quarter’ with a tag line of ‘Southern Fare and Free Range Cocktails’. The new restaurant goes up before the BAR this week.

After a three-month long renovation in 2014, the Austin Grill and Tequila Bar reopened in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The restaurant reopened with not only a new look but also a new menu.

Now, in 2016, we hear the restaurant is closing its doors on May 31st. We hear the location will reopen late summer 2016 as a restaurant with Southern-inspired cuisine. No details on the new restaurant have been released yet.

Heard back from a representative for the owner Thompson Hospitality who confirmed the news.

Thanks for reaching out. You have heard correctly.

We’re re-opening in late July and will be sure to reach out with more information as we get closer.

We hear that Austin Grill has also closed the Silver Spring location as well as the one in Washington, D.C.  We also heard that staff was caught a bit off guard by this news recently at a staff meeting. See the photo below we obtained from one of our sources.

More updates on this as information becomes available. The closest Austin Grill location to Alexandria is the one in Springfield.

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May 16, 2016 4:59 pm

It was never the same after reopening. Several long time employees weren’t rehired, the neighborhood vibe was gone and it became too corporate feeling. We stopped going there for all of those reasons, such a shame.

May 17, 2016 7:02 am

I’ll miss Sarah the perky, quirky bartender!

PCW Staff
Reply to  Margie
May 17, 2016 7:59 am

Margie – I hear she’s now at O’Shaughnessy’s down at King & West Street.

May 20, 2016 2:41 pm

I hadn’t been here since around 1996.

Catherine Maynard
Catherine Maynard
July 11, 2016 12:14 pm

We really liked the renovated Austin Grill and will miss one of our short list of favorite Alexandria restaurants. The upstairs room was so pleasant with its big windows above busy King Street. The new menu was a great success – fresh, delicious, and attractive presented. The corn chips rivaled those at Los Tios. The manager was on hand and the staff were pleasant and efficient. So what happened to cause it to close?

It seems that many apparently thriving businesses along King Street are closing. Did rents or taxes rise sharply?

West Ender
West Ender
Reply to  Catherine Maynard
July 11, 2016 2:36 pm

People aren’t enamored with Old Town anymore. There are much better dining options in Del Ray and Arlington. Another business gone under Silberberg’s watch.

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