Eatwell DC ex­pands to Mary­land

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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.

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