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Middleburg Blog: Middleburg Oyster Bar to Open Oct. 16

The long anticipated Middleburg Oyster Bar located at 1 Washington Street is set to open Oct. 16. Modeled after the popular King Street Oyster Bar in Leesburg, co-owners Rick Allison and Jorge Esguerra are pleased with Middleburg as a second location for this concept and find it to be a quaint town with a hometown feel.

Allison is from Pittsburg where his grandmother had a restaurant, and he learned to love food preparation from her. He has lived in this area for many years, and he realized that the area needed a restaurant offering fresh seafood; so, he began his business by opening the Leesburg King Street Oyster Bar. Now he and his business partner own two restaurants. Allison manages the restaurants; Esguerra manages the financial business.

The interior has been dramatically changed in preparation for opening. The restaurant now has a thoroughly modern décor. The first impression at the front door is very pleasing. The place is sleek, shining, and inviting with gorgeous colors, a lot of chrome and glass. The vaulted ceiling, the spaciousness, and the staircase leading to the loft area makes an elegant scene. If restaurant fixtures can make an impression that it is reminiscent of a starry moonlit night on a sea shore, this one does.

The Middleburg restaurant will have the same menu as the King Street Oyster Bar in Leesburg with the same emphasis on having everything fresh.

Allison says, “We specialize in bringing fresh oysters from both the East and the West Coast of the United States to our restaurants -- no more than 24 hours out of the water from the East Coast and no more than 48 hours out of the water from the West Coast. Our menu also offers other creative seafood dishes and American-style fare with fresh ingredients. We use local wines and have inventive cocktails and brews. There will be a Happy Hour 3 to 6:30 p.m., with $5 food and drink items.” For reservations call 540-883-3156.

Vincent Bataoel, chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), says, “The Oyster Bar will be a great addition to the town of Middleburg, and I look forward to the grand opening.”

The restaurant’s Facebook posts say the owners are hiring now.

Middleburg’s Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery’s barn in now open for business. Customers can visit the barn at the east end of the town for cider and visit the original location at the west end of Washington Street for spirits. Thaiverse Restaurant, another Middleburg restaurant that is relatively new to the town, has added an outside serving area, and it will be open on October 12.

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