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Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper in Old Town - By The Owners Of Restaurant Eve

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Chef Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong , owners of the fashion-conscious Restaurant Eve (110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria; 703-706-0450), are preparing to welcome a new addition to their family: Eamonn's/A Dublin Chipper , which they hope to open (a lease is all but signed) in Old Town in the next three to six months, according to Cathal Armstrong. Eve was named for the couple's 6-year-old daughter; Eamonn's was inspired by their 3-year-old son. If all goes according to plan, the casual, two-level restaurant -- "the extreme opposite of Eve," says Meshelle -- is expected to replace Scotland Yard (728 King St.) and will feature fish and chips in a small dining room downstairs, and maybe even poker games in an upstairs bar. Why open another place to eat? The Irish-born chef suggests it has something to do with his younger child: "restaurant envy."

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Hannah   
Whoa.  Cool.

This sounds great, and I heartily approve of anything that could bring proper fish and chips to the area, but I have to admit I'm kind of sorry to see Scotland Yard go - one of the funniest things I've seen happen in a restaurant happened there.

We were having dinner there with my parents, and as usual, the somewhat crotchety Scottish gentleman who ran the place was sitting near the door, next to the heater, with his wee dram. Just outside the door, a group of vaguely yuppie-looking folk were standing reading the menu.

All of a sudden, your man jumps up, opens the door, grabs the Polartec-clad lapel of the nearest Yuppie, roars "Come in, lassie!" and drags her inside. The rest of the herd followed her in, and they ended up staying for dinner.

I think they were scared not to. :)

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Nadya   

That's great! Anything under Meshelle and Cathal's tutelage is bound to blossom. Can't wait to visit. Excellent news!

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brr   
Whoa.  Cool.

this is excellent news - thank you Cathal and Meshelle - I wonder how it will compare to Burdocks, the grandaddy of Dublin chippers.....

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We need a new place to get fresh haggis! Ther really is a derth of good Scottish bars in the area. But we can always use another fish and chips place!

By the way. I had a excellent plate of fish and chips with a Guniess last night at Portners in old town

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The Flying Scottsman closed!?!?  When did that happen?

The former restaurant where Eamonn's is to be located is Scotland Yard (728 King St.), not The Flying Scottsman. It's located just west of Washington Street (GW Parkway) in Old Town.

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The former restaurant where Eamonn's is to be located is Scotland Yard (728 King St.),  not The Flying Scottsman.  It's located just west of Washington Street (GW Parkway) in Old Town.

Scotland Yard has been closed for a good year or so. I was under the impression that a southern restaurant was going into that spot. Does anyone know what happened?

Let us raise our glasses to the lovely Scottish gentleman who owned Scotland Yard for so many years. I know Cathal will take care of it.

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Forget about the Scottish stuff :) ....I want to know what we can expect at this "Dublin Chipper" (which I'm very excited to hear about). Too many empty storefronts on King St. these days with restaurants promised that never seem to materialize.

I just hope the 3-6 months is all it takes. The new Whole Foods was originally scheduled to open more than a year (maybe two) ago.

SO - would either of the Armstrongs (or other sources in the know) care to give us a preview of what's to come? Other than the obvious great food and atmosphere... Do tell!

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Between Eamonn's and Rustico, I'm really excited about Alexandria becoming THE spot for double-D's. Dinin' and Drinkin' that is.

As for fish and chips, they make a damned good plate at Murphy's, almost directly across the street from the potential Eamonn's site.

As for the Flying Scotsman, I used to go in there pretty frequently (Belhaven on tap!!!!!) for their quiz night on Mondays. But then the quiz folks stopped coming. Then I stopped going. I wonder if they brought quiz night back. I haven't been there in at least a year.

And as for REAL ALE at Eamonn's? Jake, god bless ya laddie for bringing it up. If they serve it, I will come. More than once. :)

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Per today's TomChat:

An update from the owners of Restaurant Eve in Old Town: Their casual spinoff, Eammon's Chipper, is under construction and expected to open (keep your fingers crossed) this summer, possibly in July. Fish and chips and suds, courtesy of chef Cathal Armstrong, sound like great fun, don't they?

Droooool ...

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Took a walk in Old Town today and came upon the soon to be Eamonn's. Lo and behold the door was wide open in homage to arriving Spring and the gorgeous weather. Unable to contain my curiousity I walked in and spoke with the contractor.

What a lovely space !! I had never really looked into the Scottish restaurant, I'm not sure you could even see into it from the window. Being inside the first thing I noticed was a lovely row of metal chandeliers running the length of the long and narrowish space. Next I admired the great tin ceiling. It's a beauty !! The contractor told me that they were both remnants of the existing space and just needed to be shown off. He estimated about 2 1/2 months until finish.

He also mentioned to me that there is a private room going in upstairs, which will have it's own side entrance. I'm hoping, hoping, hoping it might be available for private parties. I've got an anniversary to celebrate next year and some money to spend !!

BD

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jparrott   
He also mentioned to me that there is a private room going in upstairs, which will have it's own side entrance.

Lawyers....is that not the requirement for allowing....BYOB?!

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the old space technically never had a kitchen, just several hot plates, microwave, and toaster ovens. The upstairs when I looked at the space 3 years ago was dicey! And the entrance to it was on the side of the building.

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It was a kooky space, and who ever said they didn't have a kitchen was right. It's the size of a walk in closet-and yes, the cooking was all from a microwave..But It's beautiful now!!!!!!and perfect for us. We have been working hard on it. Fish and Chips! Even I can't wait..Cathal's been perfecting his recipe and it's gorgeous. AND it's not greasy. I'm happy about that cause then it just leaves valuable stomach for all the fried desserts!!!

As for the BAR-just think SPEAKEASY. Fish and Chips downstairs and a Classy Joint Upstairs

where you'll 'Listen to the Ice'--Knock-knock today's password is....

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Walrus   

I just can't wait. When I lived in England I was lucky enough to have time to take a trip through Ireland, starting in Dublin and working my way across to the Aran Islands. I am getting really, really restless and feel I need a return trip. Eamonn's may just be able to stave off my wanderlust until my finances -- and vacation time -- catch up with my itchy feet...

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brr   

Batter burgers.....drool.....was a staple in the canteen at Pres Bray!

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Batter burgers.....drool.....was a staple in the canteen at Pres Bray!

I'm going to have to let my lack of chipper knowledge be known and ask, "What is a batter burger?"

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brr   
I'm going to have to let my lack of chipper knowledge be known and ask, "What is a batter burger?"

Cathal mentioned in the chat that he was going to have batter burgers and batter sausages.....its been about 15-20 years since my last one but its fairly tru to its name - a burger (or sausage) dipped in batter and deep fried! Great, post-pub food, preferably served out of the back of a filthy old truck by a guy with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth sprinkling ash on everything!

Looks like these folks have the general idea, except they are bettering everything incl the bun and thats not what I've eaten.

Now of course Cathal may well give us his own, possibly healthier (?) interpretation.

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We just passed inspections and were approved to close in. Hoods arrive on Wednesday and kitchen equipment arrives later in the week, probably 2 to 3 weeks away, all things being equal. We will keep you posted as we progress.

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