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FOOD NEWS: Mad Fox Turns 5, Mom & Pop Comes to Mosaic & Liberty Tavern Owners Get F.C. OK

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Mad Fox Celebrates 5th Year With Beer Tappings & Pig Roast

Falls Church’s Mad Fox Brewing Company, debuting in the Little City in July of 2010, celebrates turning the big number five this Saturday with an all-day party full of music, food and, of course, beer.

The anniversary celebration features five special barrel-aged brews tapped throughout the day starting with the Batch 500 when doors open at 11 a.m. The beer continues to flow when Reynard taps at noon, Batch 300 at 2 p.m., Wee Heavy at 3 p.m. and Batch 100 at 4 p.m.

Along with the brew, chef Travis Weiss is roasting a pig and The Justin Trawick Band will be playing some sweet, sweet tunes starting at 1 p.m.

Mad Fox’s 5th anniversary party runs from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. this Saturday, July 11 and the first 400 guests through the door will receive a free beer glass.

Mad Fox Brewing Company  | 444 West Broad Street | Falls Church | madfoxbrewing.com

Dolcezza’s Mom & Pop Opens in Mosaic District

Last week, the newest Mosaic District eatery opened as Mom & Pop, a new concept from the Dolcezza team, debuted in the all-glass building in front of the Angelika Theatre.

Previously a coffee shop, Dolcezza’s Mom & Pop has teamed up with several producers – both local and national – to serve sandwiches and snacks to Mosaic shoppers.

Just some of the the producers include Red Apron Butchery, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Righteous Cheese, DC Brau, Atlas and 3 Stars Brewing.

Mom & Pop is open Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. – midnight, Saturday from 8 a.m. – midnight and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Mom & Pop | 2909 District Avenue | Fairfax | dolcezzagelato.com/locations/mom-and-pop

 

The F.C. Planning Commission gave the OK for a new downtown Falls Church restaurant from the owners of Arlington’s Lyon Hall and The Liberty Tavern at the historic Cloverdale House on Park Avenue. (Photo: News-Press)
The F.C. Planning Commission gave the OK for a new downtown Falls Church restaurant from the owners of Arlington’s Lyon Hall and The Liberty Tavern at the historic Cloverdale House on Park Avenue. (Photo: News-Press)

Liberty Tavern Owners Get OK For New Falls Church Restaurant

The Falls Church Planning Commission gave its blessing for a new downtown Falls Church restaurant on the site of the historic Cloverdale House, also known as the Blue and Gray Building, at the corner of 200 Park Avenue and N. Maple St.

Restaurateur Brian Normile, proprietor of Arlington restaurants Lyon Hall and The Liberty Tavern, was on hand for the 6-0 vote and told the News-Press that as soon as numerous construction and demolition permits are OKd at City Hall, his project will get underway. He said he hopes to be open for business shortly after the start of the new year.

The only issue raised about the site dealt with parking. David Oliver, representing the Phillips Architects building next door, argued that there is not enough parking to accommodate the seating for 112 – 12 bar stools on a second floor wine bar and 30 outdoor seats – slated for the new development. He said the plan to expand the current historic building on the site to 7,200 square feet will create a need for more parking than is available in the area.

However, his argument was unconvincing for the Planning Commissioners who countered that parking in the Kaiser garage and other public locations nearby will address that need, including the just-OK’d parallel parking locations in the 200 block of Park Ave. Rob Meeks, the chair of the Planning Commission, said “I am supremely confident” that there will be enough parking in the area.

“We’re going to be able to make the parking work,” Normile told the commission, “This is a very challenging site but it can be done.” Normile has previously developed sites mixing historic preservation with dining including the popular Liberty Tavern in the 3000 block of Wilson Blvd.

The Cloverdale House on the Park Avenue site dates back to the 1700s and was originally on Rt. 7 before being moved to its current location over 100 years ago.

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