Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tupelo Honey Cafe to Open in Arlington June 1

From our friends at Tupelo Honey Cafe...

North Carolina Restaurant Brings New Southern Flavor to Courthouse This June

Tupelo Honey Cafe will bring its new southern food and craft cocktails to Arlington when it opens its doors to the public on Monday, June 1 at 1616 N. Troy Street, Arlington, VA 22201.

Located just off Wilson Boulevard, Tupelo Honey Cafe will serve fresh, scratch-made, southern food including innovative sharable southern small plates such as country ham wontons with shaved honey Brussels sprouts salad and goat cheese grits poppers with smoked jalapeño sauce and apple salsa. The restaurant will also offer a variety of farm fresh sides, soups, salads and sandwiches.

Entrée options include roasted duck breast with cherry port wine sauce, shaved Brussels sprouts salad with Tupelo Honey vinaigrette and roasted cardamom ginger carrots, pan-seared jumbo sea scallops with brown butter French green beans and spring green pea risotto, and grilled Frenched lamb chops with black-eyed pea and French green bean salad, mint chimichurri and marinated baby heirloom tomatoes.

In addition to offering regular weekend brunch, Tupelo Honey Cafe will offer “Moonrise Brunch” featuring breakfast small plates, specialty monthly themed cocktails and DIY old-fashioneds and champagne cocktails, from 10 PM until 1 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. Standout dishes include breakfast small plates like pain perdue with blueberry compote, sweet potato and bacon hash, and bacon biscuit sliders with cream cheese and orange jalapeño marmalade. Cocktails include the Sangre del Toro with aged rum, dry sherry, hibiscus, lemon and rosemary, and Thai basil mojito with white rum, mint, lime and soda water. Guests will be able to create their own old-fashioneds and champagne cocktails.

“Joining the Arlington community is a very proud moment for us,” said Tupelo Honey Cafe Founder & CEO Steve Frabitore. “Our new location continues the legacy of the original restaurant with its scratch-made southern fare, yet embraces the area’s hometown flavor through local art, food and brews.”

The 6,589 square-foot restaurant will have 202 seats, a full bar and inviting outdoor patio for guests to enjoy. The bar features custom metal honeycomb backsplash and reclaimed wood bar front, with 23 craft beers on tap as well as a craft elderflower and brandy sparkling sangria. Bringing authentic Asheville to Arlington, the interior showcases works of art created by Asheville artist Simone Wilson and local artists Karen Tarlton and Anya Getter. Wilson’s designs include three custom pendant lights and copper bands beautifully grouped together to create a nest in the entryway as well as punched metal panels above the kitchen and an American flag assemblage displayed in the dining room. Arlington artists created works for the dining area: Tarlton painted four Arlington scenes on the walls of the restaurant alongside Getter’s farm scene, created in mixed media.

Tupelo Honey Cafe will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 1 AM and Sunday from 11 AM to 10 PM. Brunch will also be served from 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy specials Monday through Thursday from 4-7 PM at their Brews & Blues Happy Hour. Parking is available in the building and is free after 6 PM. For more information, exclusive updates and giveaways, visit www.tupelohoneycafe.com.

About Tupelo Honey Cafe:
Since opening in downtown Asheville, NC in 2000, Tupelo Honey Cafe has become one of the most beloved restaurants in the Southeast. The award-winning restaurant’s contemporary, creative atmosphere and inventive New South cuisine have grown in popularity, spurring additional locations and two nationally distributed Tupelo Honey Cafe cookbooks. The second cookbook, Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains, was released in April 2014. The restaurant has locations in Asheville, Raleigh and Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City, TN; and Greenville, SC and Myrtle Beach. The restaurant will open its Arlington location in June 2015, followed by a new location in Virginia Beach, slated to open early fall 2015. For more information, visit www.tupelohoneycafe.com.