Two new food and drink establishments in downtown Leesburg will be open to welcome their first customers during the biggest weekend of the year in the town: the Flower & Garden Festival.
Leesburg Brewing Company—the partnership between Mike and JoAnne Carroll of Leesburg Vintner and Lori and Jim Corcoran of Corcoran Vineyards and Corcoran Brewing Company—was originally scheduled to open in early March, but construction issues have significantly delayed the opening.
"We had to redo everything in the restaurant, and we didn't expect that," Mike Carroll said. "It was one thing after another."
Carroll said the doors will be open Saturday and maybe Sunday at 2 Loudoun St. SW, and patrons can come in and get a look at what the restaurant, which will focus on pub food and craft beer, will be. There will be wine from Carroll Vineyards and, if the permits come through, beer from Corcoran Brewing.
Just around the corner, Chimole's wine and tapas bar will be open as well. Yovanna Reizer, owner of the Chimole Honduran art gallery, has been working around the clock to open the next phase of her business, and the space next door has been open for lunch this week.
Reizer said she just received her liquor license this week, and will be serving wine and beer for the first time Saturday during the Flower & Garden Festival.
"The flower festival starts at 10 [a.m.], so we'll probably open for lunch at 11:30," Reizer said. "I'll probably stay open Saturday until midnight."
Chimole is at 10 S. King St. and is one of the only restaurants in the area serving small-plate dishes, which have exploded in popularity in Washington, DC.
The Flower & Garden Festival will be held in downtown Leesburg from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21. The Town of Leesburg is expecting almost 30,000 people to attend the event, which stretches on King Street from Loudoun Street to North Street, on Market Street between Church and Wirt streets and on Cornwall Street between King and Wirt.