A cafe desire that started off on the soccer industry among a few dads seeing their daughters play has now come to be a truth with the April 5 opening of Bia Kitchen on North 21st Street in Purcellville.
Eric Big, John Wolff and Shane O’Connor very first fulfilled even though their daughters performed soccer alongside one another. They and their wives Lara Key, Lisa Wolff and Liz O’Connor turned fantastic buddies and reviewed how they would really like to one day open up a European-design and style cafe, with O’Connor as the head chef.
At the time, O’Connor owned and was the chef at the Blackthorne Inn in Upperville, which he eventually offered in 2016. Major has given that marketed his firm, K2M, a world health-related gadget firm primarily based in Leesburg. Wolff is co-proprietor of Loudoun Insurance policy Group.
As their plans advanced over and above discussions on the soccer area, they resolved to acquire a trip to Eire, the place O’Connor grew up in advance of moving to the United States at the age of 16. In the tumble of 2018, their vision took form.
In November 2019, they discovered the perfect room in a historic building, courting to about 1910, situated at 108 N. 21st St. in downtown Purcellville. The making housed Shamrock Songs Shoppe, then Jack’s Run Brewery.
They began building on the setting up a single thirty day period before the COVID-19 pandemic started in February 2020. A renovation which was slated to acquire about 6 to 8 months ended up lasting more than two several years.
The constructing was a “major reconstruction,”which included using the creating down to the studs and even down below the flooring degree, O’Connor stated.
“Everything is new except for the bricks,” he reported.
Bia Kitchen’s idea is European all over and accented with handmade woodwork transported straight from Ireland. The floors have been replaced with white oak hardwood. Other elements contain cloth from Belgium on the eating chairs, Oxford leather on the bench seats, Silestone from Amalfi, Italy, and hand painted tile from Spain.
Giving a regional contact, Purcellville artists Patricia Taylor and Tanya Cochran have their artwork on display all-around the cafe.
O’Connor has established a staff of trustworthy former colleagues including Nick Forlano, who formerly owned Forlano’s in The Plains and will serve as co-executive chef, and Chad Crumley, who previously labored at The Ashby Inn in Paris, Va. The staff also includes his sister, Sharon O’Connor, who worked with him at The Blackthorne Inn.
The imaginative, rustic menu will adjust weekly and is built around what regionally-sourced create, meats, poultry and fish are seasonally available, O’Connor reported.
The menu features smaller plates and featured entrees for meal. For lunch, there will be sandwiches and salads and some more compact entree things. The restaurant will also provide Sunday brunch, he said. Every little thing on the menu is handmade, which includes most of the breads. The dessert selections will be created in-dwelling and will change weekly.
Upstairs, there is a different cocktail lounge region for attendees waiting for a desk in the 48-seat dining room.
The primary attraction and gathering area is the lengthy bar which serves a centerpiece in the space and is surrounded by banquette design seating together the partitions and front windows, giving a New Orleans or French-model vibe.
The wine listing contains about 90 bottles, most European and some from the West Coast. On faucet, there are 4 signature beers and ciders such as from Guinness, Magnus, Smithwicks Ale and Boddingtons Ale.
Over-all, their eyesight is created to serve as a generational destination for numerous years to arrive.
“A good deal of believed was set into this. It’s a vision we have had for many a long time,” O’Connor stated.