Bastille Restaurant Expands to a Larger Space

Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux will convert the original into Bistro Royal.

Bastille plans to move and expand after eight years in Alexandria. Photograph by Chris Campbell.

One of our recent 100 Very Best Restaurants is on the move after eight years. A representative for Bastille chef/owners Christophe and Michelle Poteaux says the Alexandria eatery will expand to a new, larger location in the Asher development early next year. While the bistro decor (cozy, dark wood) will carry over from the original property, you’ll find a semi-open kitchen and enhanced capacity with seating for 80 guests, a roomy patio, and a spacious bar. Sommelier Mark Slater will continue to oversee the “wine-centric” drink menu.

Fans of the flagship can still head to 1201 North Royal Street, which will remain under the Poteauxs’ guidance, albeit under a new name, Bistro Royal. The menu aims to be more casual than the new spot, with no-frills bistro fare. Stay tuned for more details as they develop.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.