The Light Horse Introduces ‘Joint Chiefs Night’

by Lee Hernly, Editor
Light Horse Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

The Light Horse, Old Town Alexandria’s favorite neighborhood tavern on historic King Street for gathering with friends to nosh and engage in a friendly game of shuffleboard or skeeball, is pleased to announce Joint Chiefs Night, a celebration and honoring of the history of the military, veterans and those who serve.  With Memorial Day approaching, Joint Chiefs Night begins on May 1st and continues exclusively on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 The Light Horse will feature five tempting cocktails, each a tribute to a branch of the military and each with a story to tell.  Imbibers can enjoy The Harry LeeKetel One vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, honey cinna-mint simple, house sour and egg whites.  Harry Lee is the namesake of The Light Horse, protégé of George Washington, Revolutionary war hero, father of Robert E. Lee and a native of Alexandria.  The GineralStrange Monkey gin, elderflower, house sour, childhood memories and lavender bitters.  A take on the nickname of The Light Horse partner and Marine Capt. Kevin Penn (Ret.) “The General.”  The Admiral Gelman, Goslings Black rum, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, not-so-simple simple and lemon juice.  A nod to the Navy, this drink was named after Gelman, a friend of The Light Horse owners.  The Phantom Warsaw, Jeremiah Weed bourbon liqueur, blueberry more simple, house sour, Triple Sec and egg whites.  Phantom is the name of the longtime fighter utilized by the Air Force, the F-4 Phantom and Warsaw was the call sign of Owner John Jarecki’s father, Capt. John Jarecki, an F-4 pilot.

And, The D.A.M., Bare Knuckle straight bourbon whiskey from Manassas and Coast Guard founded Fair Winds Brewing beer.  Named after Douglas Albert Munro, the only Coast Guardsman decorated with the Medal of Honor for an act of “extraordinary heroism” during World War II.  He was killed in the Pacific Theater using his boat to shield a boat full of Marines that was taking Japanese fire. He saved about 500 Marines.

Phantom Warsaw (Air Force) (Photo: Kevin Vann)

 Guests will be given a Light Horse punch card to track their purchase of each drink on Wednesday nights.  When all five of the cocktails have been experienced, they will receive a custom designed challenge coin from The Light Horse.  In a decade’s old military tradition, challenge coins are proof that one is a member of a unit or served on a specific tour duty, attestation that one is a member of an elite group of people.

 Cocktails are priced at $13 and $1 per each featured drink goes to The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit organization that provides care and support to families and friends grieving the loss of a member of the armed forces.  The Light Horse Operating Partners John Jarecki and Kevin Penn have been active members of TAPS for many years.  Jarecki is a survivor and Penn is a D.C. based retired marine who has been a mentor for a decade, and he was recently named by TAPS as Mentor of the Year for 2019, which is a celebrated honor amongst the community.

Cherry Beery Champagne (Photo: Kevin Vann)

 Also, on Joint Chief Night, guests with a military I.D. receive 15% off their entire bill.  The full menu is offered, and guests can select a perfect pairing of dishes including salads, small plates, appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and bar snacks.  Standout dishes include Fried Crab Deviled Eggs; High Country Quail, made with house-made rub, grilled scallions, and spiced cauliflower puree; Surf & Turf Skewers, Tender steak and shrimp served with house-made tzatziki; Lentil Quinoa Salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette; Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich, smoky onion aioli, sautéed mushrooms, gruyere; Braised Lamb Ragout, fresh pappardelle, braised lamb, tomato sauce, fresh basil, and parmesan; and Steak Frites, 10oz New York strip with house-cut French fries. Dishes are priced from $7 to $29.

The Light Horse, located in the center of Old Town Alexandria, on historic King Street, is situated halfway between the waterfront and the King Street Metro at 715 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.  The Old Town Trolley stop is directly in front of the restaurant.  The Light Horse is open for dinner daily, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The restaurant also offers a late-night menu nightly, from 10 p.m. until close.  The upstairs bar is open daily, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and features a more boisterous scene that serves as equal parts neighborhood gathering place, sports bar, and late-night destination.  For more information please call (703) 549-0533 or visit

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