Alexandria residents in the Parker-Gray neighborhood will have a new place to gather when Mason Social opens Wednesday, February 25 at 728 North Henry St. It's a new restaurant founded by four Alexandria residents and friends: Chad Sparrow, Justin Sparrow, Larry Walston and Teddy Kim. The Mason Social team tapped Joseph Lennon as executive chef, whose resume includes Vermillion, Urbana and Bourbon Steak.
On the menu, expect to find dishes like a beef burger infused with bone marrow, lamb and pork meatballs, celery root hummus, Maryland rockfish and fried chicken thighs. Look for local brews and cocktails like the "Parker-Gray," Mason Social's take on a Manhattan with Earl Grey-infused Catoctin Creek Rye, vermouth and Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. bitters.
The design of the restaurant is inspired by The Belle Pre Bottle Company, which would have been located directly across from the restaurant in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. And the restaurant's name comes from Thomson Mason, who was Alexandria's mayor from 1827 to 1830. Mason jars and decorative glass bottles are part of decor, as well as a mural of the area's factory days. Mason Social is slated to open on February 25, when Mayor William D. Euille will conduct a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. (it's open to the public). and then the restaurant will open for dinner at 5 p.m. Lunch service will begin February 26 at 11 a.m., and brunch will eventually follow.