Plans for The (New) Majestic Take Shape

It all happened so suddenly. No sooner had rumors begun flying that Alexandria's Majestic Café was closing than chef Cathal Armstrong, wife Meshelle and partner Todd Thrasher jumped at the chance to rescue it. The trio already run Restaurant Eve, Eamonn's A Dublin Chipper and PX, with sights set on further expansion.

According to the latest update, the team is about a month away from unveiling the revamped landmark, which opened in 1949 at its current address, 911 King Street. Armstrong's menu will take inspiration from the Virginia seaboard and countryside. “I’m looking forward to items that would never appear on Eve’s fine dining menu, the polar opposite of Eve," Armstrong says in a release. Also look for a thoughtful kids' menu.

Thrasher will expand his cocktail platform at The Majestic with classics like mint juleps and sidecars, along with some down-home thirst quenchers like a slushy of the day, NeHi Ginger Ale and homemade lemonade. On the wine front, Thrasher is putting together an accessible list "with nothing over $50."

Sweet endings will be crafted by Eve pastry chef Rebecca Willis, including layer cakes, cookies and milkshakes.