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Purcellville’s Wine Kitchen Hearth reopens this week

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After a small fire in May forced Wine Kitchen Hearth's summer-long closure, the popular Purcellville restaurant will reopen its doors Tuesday, and patrons can expect a few new hallmarks.

Owned by Loudoun locals Michael Mercer and Jason Miller, Wine Kitchen Hearth will offer up a new cocktail menu this week, while also launching a “Build Your Own Cocktail” concept.

“Much like a sushi menu, each guest will get a piece of paper that they will be able to design their own version of one of three classic cocktails,” Miller told the Times-Mirror. “We will also have a new dinner menu that has been updated for the season and some exciting new dishes, including bison short ribs and delicious new crab cake dish.”

The American Southern eatery will welcome diners for dinner service this week, followed by lunch and brunch hours next week, Miller said.

The relatively small kitchen fire broke out in the morning May 9. No one was injured in the burn.

Initially, the restaurateurs believed the fire would force a closure of only a few days or a couple weeks. However, Miller said, “once we tore out sections of the wall and ceiling above the kitchen, we learned some of the support beams had been charred, which put the costs and time line longer than we had originally hoped.”

Miller praised the work of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue responders. If not for their “quick action,” he said “this story would have had a much sadder ending.”

Located in the evolving Purcellville Gateway development, WK Hearth is the third restaurant from Miller and Mercer, following their Wine Kitchen bistros in downtown Leesburg and Frederick, Maryland.

WK Hearth Executive Chef Zack Sampson, formerly of the Leesburg Wine Kitchen, said he can't wait to slip back on the chef's coat.

“I'm more than excited to get back to cooking,” Sampson said. “I'm very proud of our new fall menu and hope it reflects what both The Wine Kitchen and I feel food is really about – simple, delicious and fun.”

During the shutdown, several Wine Kitchen Hearth workers took shifts at the Leesburg restaurant. WK Hearth is currently hiring additional servers, hostesses and food runners.

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