The owners of Old Town Alexandria French restaurant Bastille are planning to open a second location, according to a report in Tuesday's Washington Business Journal.
The new location, near the Braddock Metro, will retain the Bastille name; the old location, on North Royal Street, will get a new name: Bistro Royal. The current restaurant has been in business since 2006.
The new restaurant will be located in the Asher Building, a mixed-use building at Pendleton and Fayette streets in North Old Town, according to the WBJ. The building includes apartment homes and about 5,000 square feet of available retail space.
The restaurant will combine a lunch and dinner eatery with a wine bar. At 140 seats, it will be a lot bigger than the original restaurant, which tops out at 45 seats, the newspaper noted.
Bastille owners Christophe and Michelle Poteaux, will offer a pick-up counter at the new location for some menu items.
A sampling from the new menu according to WBJ: Rock shrimp beignets and foie gras pâté for appetizers, duck confit, coq au vin and braised lamb shank for dinner.
The new location will see Mark Slater, a sommelier who created the wine program at Ray's the Steaks and worked at Michel Richard's Citronelle running the front of the house, according to the report.
Both "Bastille 2.0," as the restaurant is referred to in planning documents and the revamped Bistro Royal are expected to open in early 2015, according to the Washington Business Journal report.