A new bistro is slated to take the place of the old Village Wharf restaurant in the Hollin Hall Shopping Center by November.
Caroline Ross, a chef and local resident, told Patch the new restaurant, River Bend Bistro, will seat 74 and include a full bar. She is currently waiting on a final loan to be processed and then will then begin renovations, which should last a few months.
“I grew up here,” Ross said. “I lived in the area most of my life, and one night I came home and saw the Wharf had been closed, and I’ve been working on it ever since.”
River Bend Bistro will offer casual fine dining, including sandwiches for lunch and full entrees for dinner. Ross plans to offer local foods including crab cakes and rockfish.
The restaurant will have a full bar with spirits, wine and beer. The focus will be on wine, as Ross spent the last nine years managing Rick’s Wine and Gourmet in the city of Alexandria.
Ross is a chef by training and has cooked for area restaurants for more than 20 years. She is the former executive chef at La Bergerie in Old Town, Cafe Milano in Georgetown and Stella’s on Duke Street in Alexandria.
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