Eatwell DC expands to Maryland
EatWell DC restaurant group which includes The Bird, The Pig, Grillfish, Commissary and Logan Tavern, recently announced its newest venture, The Charles – Farm Table & Public House, according to a press release. The Charles, which is anticipated to open Oct. 1, replaces the nearly four-decadesold Casey Jones, an iconic downtown La Plata restaurant and pub known for among other things, its St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Casey Jones will close in early August.
The Charles will be a neighborhood gathering place located at 417 Charles St. in La Plata, very close to the group’s own EatWell Natural Farm where much of the produce that’s served by the entire restaurant group is grown. EatWell DC’s first restaurant in Maryland features a menu of “greatest hits” from the group’s existing restaurants while still highlighting the traditions of southern Maryland. Expect The Bird’s delicious Duck Meatballs, Commissary’s coveted Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts, Grillfish’s popular Ginger Calamari, The Pig’s appetizing Pork Buns, Logan Tavern’s signature burgers, soft shell crabs (when in season), local oysters, rockfish and much more, the press release states.
Leading culinary efforts at The Charles is Will Cutchley, an alumni of noted kitchens at Le Bernardin, Le Cirque, and The Yale Club. Mark Berry, a member of the EatWell family for the last six years, is the restaurant’s general manager.
“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity of this amazing space and to become a greater part of La Plata’s community. With our farm being so close, we look forward to integrating the two concepts and serving the people of La Plata and all of Charles County,” said David Winer, principal of EatWell DC, in the release.
The restaurant will receive a complete facelift in the “farmhouse modern” style, while paying respect to the past. The space boasts more than 300 seats including an enclosed porch and a covered terrace as well as two bars. Two private dining areas allow for sit-down gatherings both intimate and larger, with private space for parties of 10-60 people. There’s also parking for 125 cars, according to the release.
At opening, the restaurant’s hours of operation will be: Sunday-Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight; and happy hour every day from 4 to 6 p.m. Shortly after, weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday), starting at 10 a.m., and weekday lunch, starting at 11 a.m., will be served. For more information, visit The Charles at @ thecharleslp on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.