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Northside Social Opens in Clarendon Today.

Northside Social, Photo by Stacey Viera

Clarendon residents have seen various coffee houses, like Murky Coffee and before that, Common Grounds come and go at 3211 Wilson Blvd., but some are hoping  that the newest coffee house will be here to stay. Liberty Tavern co-owner Stephen Fedorchak and Rammy 2010 nominee,  Executive Chef, Liam LaCivita are ready to finally unveil their latest project, Northside Social, a bakery/coffee-house/wine bar/cafe/lounge with a “soft opening” today, Monday April 5. 

Northside Social

Northside Social is situated in a 3,774 square foot historic double-decker house, previously home to everything from a fire station to the Clarendon Citizens Hall.  Painted bright red to draw attention, perhaps this detail wasn’t needed, as the buzz about the new Clarendon neighborhood spot has been all over the social media sites for weeks. People have already been tweeting and posting photos on Facebook. Stacey Viera of Best Light Communications, LLC, was among the first to photograph the new coffee house and urging others to visit, “If you go to Northside Social this week, get the chocolate/oatmeal cookie. It is Amazing! There’s a gooey burst of chocolate in each bite. YUM!”

Last month I had an opportunity to meet with Alison Christ, formerly  Sommelier of Willow in Arlington, who will serve as Northside Social’s Sommelier and General Manager and Kim Ash, who is leading their Public Relations efforts to discuss the up and coming Northside social and Lyon Hall, former home of Dan Kain trophies, being completely redone to open a “casual neighborhood brasserie.” 

In addition to a wine program developed by Christ, ex-Murky Coffee General Manager, Marianne Tolosa, will serve as the Director of Coffee and will be have the pleasure to operate their $15,000 imported Italian espresso machine, a “La Marzocco,”  which will brew only the best Organic coffee with Organic milk from Trickling Springs Creamery, a small town creamery located in historic Chambersburg, PA.

Breakfast Sandwich

In addition to coffee, Northside Social will have something for everyone: communal tables, a large counter, sofas for lounging, board games for fun, and live music.  The menu, developed by Executive Chef, Liam LaCivita  will include breakfast goods, lunch and other lite-fare, and will include: Polyface Farm egg sandwiches (see photo above), home-made granola and yogurt, oatmeal,  bacon, sausage, and chicken liver rillettes.  Baker, G. David King, will provide over a half dozen fresh house-made breads daily —  and that perfect scone or biscotti, to go along with your fresh coffee.   

Northside Social’s new pastry Chef, Rob Valencia, from NYC will be busy making delicious pastries, pies, cookies, and seasonal treats such as Passion fruit Pound cake, and home-made fresh Apple Pie, just like Grandma used to make. 

Liberty Tavern executive chef Liam LaCivita will oversee both the Northside and Lyon Hill kitchens. Lyon Hall, slated to open with a month or so, will serve more as a local bistro with a full beer program, with nearly two dozen craft beers, 20 draft lines and offer Eastern European cuisine, including: Alsatian tarts, hanger steak and frites, skate schnitzel, roast chicken and a Bohemian sausage platter (stocked with homemade jagdwurst, bratwurst and kielbasa). The three-story establishment will also feature an open kitchen, an 18-seat marble bar, spacious outdoor patio, semi-private dining in the “Trophy Room” and reclaimed New York City subway light fixtures throughout. 

Northside Social opens today! Check it out!

 Northside Social – 3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night dining, Thursday through Saturday. 

Lyon Hall – 3100 Washington Blvd., Arlington. Open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.

2 Responses

  1. I love coffee shops and this is a Coffee Shop and More!

    I’m looking forward to my next trip out the orange line way to check this place out.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  2. I stopped by Northside Social on opening day (and wrote about it on dcfud.com). they have good cookies, and counter culture coffee. 🙂


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