By: Evan Milberg
Austin Grill in Old Town Alexandria, which closed down in December for renovation, will re-open by the end of next month with a refurbished bar sporting a “Tequila Tower.” The tower—a custom-made chandelier-style centerpiece imported from Florida and displayed beside the bar—will showcase Austin Grill’s expanded variety of premium tequila.
“In much the same way you see fine dining establishments showcase their wine collection, we’ll be doing somewhat of the same thing with our tequilas,” says Michael Curtis, of Thompson Hospitality, the company that purchased the Austin Grill franchise in 2006. Before renovation, Curtis says Austin Grill’s Old Town location offered less than 40 different types of tequila; In March it will expand to almost 100, including 1800, Avion, Cabo Wabo, Casa Noble, Cazadores, Corazon, Don Julio, Herradura and Patron.
The menu will also get a make-over, with the additions of Austin-style jambalaya, barbecue meatloaf and Texas brisket sliders. Used previously on the wings, now the barbecue salmon and pork ribs will come mesquite-smoked. / Austin Grill, 801 King St., Alexandria