Alexandria’s Morrison House Set for a Multimillion-Dollar Revamp

The Grille will close and make way for a new restaurant and bar.

Morrison House will close in February for a multimillion-dollar renovation. Photograph via Facebook.

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants is temporarily closing Alexandria’s Morrison House and the Grille for a multimillion-dollar redesign. The Old Town property will shutter on February 1, while the restaurant will serve its last meal after the holidays on January 17.

A new 70-seat eatery and bar are in the works for hotel when it reopens in spring of next year. Kimpton has yet to release information about the concept and chef. The building will undergo a complete transformation with the help of Los Angeles-based designer David Hill, who’s also behind the look of sister property Hotel Monaco Alexandria. Plans include maintaining the old-world feel of the space—a reproduction of an 18th century manor house built in 1985—while incorporating more modern design elements with garden and water themes.

Kimpton has expanded its presence in Washington recently. The group took over two hotel properties earlier this year, the Savoy in Glover Park and Dupont Circle’s the Carlyle, in which restaurateur Michael Schlow opened the Riggsby.

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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.