A new restaurant called Matt & Tony’s could serve traditional American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week at Del Ray, according to a Washington Business Journal report.
This will be the first restaurant operated by Matt Sloan, who runs Mitten Hospitality LLC and is also a managing partner of Alexandria Restaurant Partners. ARP owns the building and will make improvements but will not be part of the company that operates the business.
Sloan was previously associated with Born Hospitality, Daikaya Group, Matchbox Food Group and Talbot Country Club in Maryland, according to his LinkedIn profile. He received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
Located at 1501 Mount Vernon Ave., where the new restaurant will be located once housed Charlie’s On the Avenue and before that, FireFlies, where President Barack Obama dined (he chose the American Burger from the lunch menu) in 2014 with Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Before Sloan’s Mitten Hospitality came into the picture, a special use administrative permit filed with the City in 2020 by Alexandria Restaurant Partners indicated that the old Charlie’s on the Avenue would be replaced by an ARP restaurant.
“We love the neighborhood, we love the building. It was for sale, so we bought it. We don’t know exactly what to do with it yet. Right now we’re just kind of noodle ideas, we’re looking around, thinking, “What’s not in Del Ray that should be in Del Ray?” “Scott Shaw, founding partner of ARP, said at the time.
ARP has been busy this year opening its new dining destinations, Ada’s on the River near Robinson Landing on the Alexandria waterfront as well as Barca Pier & Wine Bar. ARP also operates, in Alexandria: The Majestic, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Vola’s Dockside Grill, Hi-Tide Lounge and Theismann’s.
Charlie’s on the Avenue opened in fall 2018 and was a casual, family-friendly restaurant. The restaurant closed on February 2, 2020. The owners, Jeremy Barber and Justus Frank, continue to operate Elo’s Italian, a pop-up restaurant at their Live Oak restaurant and The Garden, both in Del Ray.