‘Copperwood Tavern’ Coming to Shirlington

by ARLnow.com April 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm 2,103 18 Comments

Bistro Bistro in ShirlingtonA new restaurant from Wilson Tavern owner Reese Gardner is coming to Shirlington.

“Copperwood Tavern” will be opening in the former Bistro Bistro space at 4021 Campbell Avenue. The restaurant’s elaborate interior will be an updated take on an old logging tavern, Gardner told ARLnow.com in February. Old saws and moonshine bottles will adorn the walls.

The restaurant will be more upscale than Wilson Tavern, and will serve American small plates, some 30 draft beers, and 30 craft bourbons, we were told. Interior construction began on Feb. 10 and Gardener was hoping to open at some point in July.

Washingtonian reports that Copperwood Tavern will seat 115 and will have a Sunday brunch buffet.

  • Ballstonian

    “Old saws and moonshine bottles will adorn the walls.
    The restaurant will be more upscale than Wilson Tavern . . .”

    Wow, that does sound upscale! And if they rinse the moonshine bottles out before displaying them, it might become downright pretentious.

  • JoshInBallston

    Replacing a bistro with a tavern. How original.

    • Arlingtonvirginia

      I think arlington needs a roadhouse. At least that name would be different.

      • Dale Cooper

        I hope they have pie.

      • ARL

        A roadhouse would be awesome, especially if really is one and not just a stupid name, like “tavern.”

      • OX4

        It’d totally be my regular Saturday night thing, baby.

  • CommentBot

    Ooh, I love Cracker Barrel!

    • GGourmande

      Expensive Cracker Barrel.

  • SouthSide

    Thankfully Bistro Bistro and Extra Virgin have moved on for better offerings to take those spaces. However, small plates are so 5 years ago. I’ll take my large plate at Carlyle.

  • Bobby


  • Arlington Chris

    FYI, that’s in Shirlington (I didn’t immediately recognize the address).

    • flux

      Un-click “Disable Blog Headlines” in your browser.

      • Arlington Chris

        hehe, oops 🙂 Didn’t read the headline.

    • nom de guerre

      Arlington bros refer to it a S-Town.

      • ARL

        It’s proper nickname is “Shirazlington.”

  • Drunk_IrishChick

    Ill stick to my spot in Clarendon!! Wilson Tavern is awful.

  • ClarendonSkank

    I could go for some copper wood, right after I get a fat shorty.

  • Arlingtonvirginia

    Once upon a time there was a tavern
    Where we used to raise a glass or two
    Remember how we laughed away the hours
    And dreamed of all the great things we would do.
    How Arlington and its Taverns have ruined my view of this song. Now all I can think of when I hear it is pretentious D-bags, showing off with their leased BMWs waiting outside.


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