This month, Keith Williams-Parker and best friend, Patrick Thompson, plan to launch The Bottom Dollar Dog at 723 Wilkes St. in Alexandria.
The restaurant already has a pedigree: Keith's grandfather, Walter Williams, once ran a carryout—Williams Sandwich Shop—on the very same spot for nearly 60 years. Keith's new version takes its name from the surrounding neighborhood's former nickname, "The Bottom."
Walter's passing in February 2011 inspired Keith to restore the neighborhood institution, offering the same simple, no-frills food that made his grandfather's shop so popular. Keith will provide an alternative to the more common expensive lunch options in the Old Town area by offering food priced in the range of $3 to $6.
Breakfast items will include pancakes, French toast, breakfast sandwiches and waffles, including weekly specialty waffles. "Not Breakfast" offerings are hot dogs, half-smokes, steak and cheese sandwiches, grilled bacon and cheese sandwiches, and more. Initially, food will be carryout only, although Keith hopes to arrange for outdoor tables in the future (there is bench seating next to the shop).
Keith and Patrick expect to open the eatery sometime between Thursday to Tuesday, May 15. Hours will be Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant will be closed on Sundays. Follow the shop's Facebook site for updates on the official opening, hours and access to discounts.