One of the things that have always made The Alcove Restaurant so special is the many moods it contains within one facility. From the casual elegance of its main-floor dining room to the colonial spirit of its upstairs special events space, The Garden Room, and the richness of the larger Fred Surlas room, host to dinner theater, weddings and banquets. But perhaps most beloved of them all is The Alcove’s bar and lounge, known as The Library.
A Rich History
The Alcove Restaurant originally opened in 1911 as an ice cream and candy shop, otherwise known as "Candyland." However, the heart of The Alcove, The Library, has long been a fixture of the establishment, even after several renovations.
Along with serving great food and drinks, The Library also acts as a keeper of history, both for The Alcove and of the Mount Vernon area. Over the years, many celebrities have visited The Alcove; Paul Newman, Alan Alda and John Glenn are just a few.
The Library is entering a new chapter, so to speak. Famed local craftsman Corey Beach helped us realize an ambitious project -- a massive bookshelf to line the wall adjacent to the bar. The bookshelf will hold a large television, along with plenty of antique books to help The Library live up to its name. Of course, the new bookshelf will also be a special place to house The Alcove’s famous collection of local memorabilia as well.
The bar itself has undergone a bit of tinkering, too. Its charm is still intact, but for the first time, The Library will be able to offer beer on tap -- an innovation that underscores the pub-like vibe of the lounge perfectly.
Getting into the “Spirit” of the New Library
To help kick off the room’s new look, additional offerings will join the on-tap beer option. Look for specially-created cocktails with names which honor crucial pieces of Mount Vernon’s history, including the "Mayor Mavis,” the “General Washington" and the "Opening Act" -- the latter of which celebrates the nearby Woodward Opera House.
Our wine list has also expanded to join the beer, specialty cocktails and the many coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso and tea options available in The Library -- both in the usual style, or blended into specialty cocktails.
With our opening around the corner, plan to come by soon, to get a bit of caffeine during the lunch hour, have a glass of wine with your girls’ night out, hang out before your dinner theater experience upstairs. Or just kick back with friends to enjoy the same menu available in our regular dining room.