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SideBar opens in downtown Leesburg this week

SideBar opens in downtown Leesburg on Dec. 28. Courtesy Photo
A new restaurant and coffee bar is set to open in downtown Leesburg this week.

Starting Thursday, SideBar -- owned by Nils and Olivia Schnibbe, the team behind the popular Fa La La Christmas Pop-Up Bar in Leesburg and the soon-to-open More Better Biergarten in Round Hill -- plans to offer something for everyone with a new destination for nightlife, a daytime lunch spot and a place to get a cup of coffee, all with a creative American classics menu and historical cocktail program.

They will be celebrating with a "Raise A Glass" 1920s themed party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m on Dec. 31. There will be a costume contest, midnight toast and music, as well as a preview of the food and beverage menu.

SideBar will be managed by Aislin Kavaldjian, who has been working in Loudoun's restaurant scene for several years.

The restaurant will occupy a collection of three buildings off King Street dating from the early 1800s to 1860, with an outdoor slate patio and courtyard area in the middle. The coffee shop building and walk-up window are expected to open in the spring.

“There is a constant stream of opportunities with private events and we can fit in this niche and provide something no one else does,” Kavaldjian said.

The name “sidebar” is a reference to the nearby courthouse as a site where legal professionals can go and have discussions off the record.

“This is a feel good place with something for everyone, where we can fill all your needs,” Olivia Schnibbe said.

They are working with Leesburg's Petal and Hedges on creating the design – which will bring the outside in – and to create a “living wall” in the patio area.

“I'm in my 20s and am excited about bringing this type of place to Leesburg. This is my dream place to have cocktails and a bar scene. We want downtown to be a part of that,” Olivia Schnibbe said.

Visit SideBar's Facebook page for more information.

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