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Catch on the Ave. Seafood House Closes After Less Than a Year in Alexandria

The sibling spot to Mason Social never caught on in Del Ray

The bar at Catch on the Ave
Catch on the Ave served lots of local beers and spirits behind the bar.
Catch on the Ave./official photo
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Family-friendly seafood restaurant Catch on the Ave. has closed in Del Ray just less than a year after opening on the sometimes sleepy main strip of the Alexandria neighborhood. The restaurant’s Instagram page announced the news Sunday. By Monday, it had been deactivated.

A spokesperson for Common Plate Hospitality says the short-lived restaurant wasn’t generating enough business to justify staying open while also citing “high rents” and “rising labor costs.” Common Plate doesn’t own the space, and the team isn’t sure about who might move in.

The group is turning its focus to its other projects: Old Town modern Mexican spot Urbano 116 (also less than a year old), recently reopened Augie’s Mussel House, and Mason Social.

Catch on the Ave. (2419 Mount Vernon Avenue) moved into the space that formerly housed Snackbar and Caboose Cafe in December 2018, introducing a menu with attention-grabbing dishes like barbecue octopus, buttermilk biscuits with crab fat butter, and a hot catfish sandwich topped with andouille sausage. The menu also featured an Asian bent, with plates like whole rainbow trout in ginger and scallion sauce, shrimp po’ boys with shaved napa cabbage, and bang bang shrimp. Nautical cocktails included a “Blood in the Water” bloody mary for brunch and a “Why is all the Rum Gone?” with Sailor Jerry’s.

Catch on the Ave

2419 Mount Vernon Avenue, , VA 22301 (703) 566-1283 Visit Website