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From the May 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Mad Fox Brewing Company is expected to open in late summer at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Mayfair & Pine, according to a spokeswoman. Permitting delays slowed the brew pub’s original early-2014 timeline, according to a March 24 tweet from the Virginia-based firm.

 

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Mad Fox Brewing Company, a Falls-Church-based brewpub, will open a location in Glover Park next year, according to multiple news outlets including the Georgetown Patch. The Mad Fox Taproom will be located at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Mayfair & Pine.

“Assuming permits and renovation go briskly, the Mad Fox Taproom could be open as early as first quarter 2014,” stated Mad Fox CEO and Executive Brewer Bill Madden in a press release sent to Patch and other news outlets.

UPDATE: Mad Fox sent us our own copy of the press release! It is pasted below:

Mad Fox is Coming to DC
Brewer Bill Madden to Expand Award-Winning Concept with
Opening of Taproom in Glover Park by First Quarter 2014

Falls Church, VA – Following last month’s festive celebration of the third anniversary of its flagship brewpub in Falls Church, Mad Fox Brewing Company announced today that it will expand to Washington, DC, with plans to open a 4,590 square foot taproom at 2218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in Glover Park. Mad Fox Brewing Company Taproom (Mad Fox Taproom), a 127-seat neighborhood establishment, is slated to open by the end of first quarter 2014, depending on the renovations needed and the permitting process.

“Glover Park is a wonderful neighborhood that deserves a great beer bar like the Mad Fox Taproom,” said Mad Fox CEO and Executive Brewer Bill Madden. Mad Fox has been searching for a location in the Nation’s Capital for the past 20 months, scouting out 27 neighborhoods throughout the District. “Glover Park offers an ideal fit for our concept and shares similarities with Falls Church in its demographics and overall environment. And just like in Falls Church, we look forward to becoming an active and positive member of the community, contributing to both the economy and the culinary options of the area.”

The Mad Fox Taproom will showcase its award-winning handcrafted beers with draught and English-style cask service, with up to 24 draught and cask options. Diners can expect a full menu with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and small plates.

“All of the beers will be brewed in Falls Church in our 15-barrel brewery. We have plenty of capacity in our brewery and we’ll be able to serve all of our Falls Church fans, wholesale clients and the Glover Park taproom without any compromises.” Madden said. “Though the spotlight will be on our beers, our food is a key part of our concept and will help the taproom evoke a brewpub environment.”

Opening in Washington, DC has been part of the business model ever since Madden and business partner Rick Garvin formulated the Mad Fox concept in 2007. Though the pair eventually settled on Falls Church as its home base, Madden has experience expanding brewing concepts in the region. He served as Executive Brewer at Capitol City Brewing Company where he helped grow from one to five locations during his 10-year tenure.

Madden hopes to have the details finalized in time to take possession of the property in September. Assuming permits and renovation go briskly, the Mad Fox Taproom could be open as early as first quarter 2014.

“Building upon the success of our Falls Church location, we fully expect the Mad Fox Taproom to become a Glover Park destination, with craft beer lovers from all over DC coming to taste our beers.” Madden said. “I’m a big believer in ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and I expect other Glover Park businesses to benefit from our presence, like they have in Falls Church. I can’t wait to bring the Mad Fox atmosphere and experience to the iconic city of Washington, DC.”

The original Falls Church location of Mad Fox Brewing Company is situated between Tysons Corner and Arlington at 444 West Broad Street in Falls Church. Mad Fox has taken home numerous nationwide awards since opening its doors three years ago under Madden’s leadership. This year alone, Mad Fox earned two “Best of 2013” honors by readers of Northern Virginia Magazine: Brewpub and Guy’s Night Out.

Additionally, the Falls Church brewpub remains active within the community and proudly sponsors many civic events, local festivals and business activities. A leader in the craft beer field, Mad Fox beers are featured at Nationals Park and eleven of the best craft beer bars in DC, and this week is a sponsor of DC Beer Week.

Not just a spot for beer connoisseurs, the cuisine at the Mad Fox Falls Church location has received critical acclaim as well. The brewery features a seasonal menu with items made in house from scratch—Executive Chef Andrew Dixon prides himself on using locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses and other farm fresh ingredients.

For additional information or to make reservations, visit the Mad Fox Brewing Company online at http://www.madfoxbrewing.com or call 703.942.6840. Free garage parking is available and the Falls Church brewpub is centrally located between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro Stations. Follow Mad Fox on Twitter: @MadFoxBrewing or on Facebook: MadFoxBrewing.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On February 20, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board cancelled the liquor license for Margarita’s Restaurant (formerly at 2317 Wisconsin, the current home of Sprig & Sprout). The licensee, Maria Villalta, closed Margarita’s several years ago. Lately, she has tried unsuccessfully to find a new location for her restaurant or a buyer for her license.

Under Glover Park’s liquor license moratorium, up to 14 restaurants in the neighborhood are allowed to have full-service restaurant (CR) licenses. At press time, the former Margarita’s license was one of two Glover Park CR licenses that were unused and unapplied-for, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesman.

The closing of Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) and Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) has left two more Glover Park CR licenses idle, though the Kavanagh’s license will soon be put to use at Arcuri, a trattoria slated to open in late April. The liquor license for JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.), expected to reopen in May, is a nightclub (CN) license.

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Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) has closed, The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema reports. Chef Emily Sprissler had some tart parting words for the neighborhood, Sietsema writes:

Did competition do them in? “We did not have any competition when it came to food on the strip,” says the chef. “No one had the chops, the creativity.” People in the area, she adds, preferred getting meals “delivered to their door.”

We’ll give her this: that’s a creative explanation for the restaurant’s troubles.

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The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) has already declared its allegiance as a Baltimore Ravens bar. Now Mayfair and Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) has announced via Twitter that its staff will be rooting for the San Francisco 49ers during today’s big game. May the better team (i.e., the Ravens) win!

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On most Mondays, Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) is closed. But on December 24—Christmas Eve—the restaurant will host a prix fixe dinner. “Some of our regulars have requested us to be open,” explains chef Emily Sprissler in an email, “so we will be open.”  The restaurant will offer a three-course meal—including a choice of glazed rib-eye steak, citrus-roasted chicken, or a TBD veggie option—starting at 5 p.m., for a charge of $30. Dessert will be pecan pie a la mode.

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Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) will serve a six-course wine-and-champagne dinner on December 7 at 7 p.m. Each course features wine pairings from Charlottesville’s Thibaut-Janisson Winery. Courses include pumpkin bisque, samosa pie with date sauce, and braised short ribs. The dinner costs $85 per person (including tax and tip), and a representative from Wide World of Wines (2201 Wisconsin Ave.) will be on hand with bottles of the showcased wines for sale. For reservations and tickets, visit cityeats.com.

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Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) has announced “Soccer Saturday”: a full English breakfast available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays only, with Premier League soccer on three big-screen TVs starting at 10 a.m. The $9 meal includes eggs, Irish bangers, fried mushrooms, and streaky bacon; throw in an extra $2 for bottomless Tetley tea.

Tottenham Hotspur fans, be warned: chef Emily Sprissler is a lifelong supporter of  Arsenal.

UPDATE: Mayfair & Pine is now open for breakfast—including French toast, buttermilk pancakes, or their full English breakfast—both Saturdays and Sundays starting at 7:30 a.m.

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Mayfair & Pine, the new family-friendly gastropub at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., opens today at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner six days a week; it’s closed on Mondays.

On the menu, according to a press release, will be “a rotating assortment of homemade savory pies including shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, and fish/lobster pie; a candied-apple salad; nostalgic dessert classics such as [chef Emily Sprissler's] signature, never-to-be-removed-from-the-menu hot fudge sundae; holiday-inspired sandwich staples such as the Thanksgiving sandwich; and an impressive wine list featuring notable American wines.” The children’s menu features “playful, made-from-scratch classics such as grilled cheese, chicken strips, and fish and chips, all made utilizing fresh, high-quality ingredients.”

The restaurant’s hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Olga Boikess of the Zagat blog takes readers inside Mayfair & Pine, the gastropub set to open July 20 at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Town Hall.

As we have reported, chef Emily Sprissler and her husband Jason Coté plan a family-friendly restaurant with touches of London (the ambience) and San Francisco (the cuisine). Boikess describes Sprissler’s menu as “childhood faves re-imaged for everyday dining,” including potpies, a candied-apple salad, and a children’s menu featuring grilled cheese and fish ‘n’ chips. Adds the writer: “Future plans include family happy-hour deals offering inexpensive children’s plates, with the lure of a free cookie if the vegetables are eaten.”

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