After several nights of practice serving friends and family, the new Eddie Merlot’s steakhouse opened its doors to local movers and shakers for it’s Pre-Opening VIP party. And if tonight was any indication, it’s going to be the hot new place for happy hours, the hip place to see and be seen.

Featuring a long bar with top notch mixologists, various dining rooms and private rooms — and a menu full of high end steaks and seafood, Eddie Merlot’s is sure to impress when it opens to the public on Valentine’s Day. The Burn was there this evening and took plenty of photos for your viewing pleasure.

The bar at Eddie Merlot’s at One Loudoun.
Robert Lucy and Karla Gonzalez
Anastasia Beaverhausen and Dave O’Sullivan (Yes, we know that’s not her real name, but she was too funny to argue with.)
Michael Stiles, Ginny Jurgensen, Ashley Schneider, Chris Weiner (Director – Business Operations, Washington Redskins)
Carol Kost, (Loudoun Youth – YouthFest), Cathy Miller (Activities Director, One Loudoun), Julie Dillon (Vice-President of Marketing, One Loudoun)
Belvedere Martini with Blue Cheese olives — The Burn’s favorite
Tom Eales (VP Sales, Fortessa), Chef Duane Keller (Executive Chef – Eddie Merlot’s), Alissa Crow (Sales Manager, Fortessa), Jeffrey Smith (CFO, Fortessa)
Dave Cook and Starr Humphries
A chef preparing a dish flambé at Eddie Merlot’s VIP party.
Chocolate desserts at Eddie Merlot’s VIP party.
Various breads at the Eddie Merlot’s VIP party.
Diana Shipley (VP Leasing at Saul Centers), Andrea Khoury (Khoury Public Relations & Media Group)
A small part of the extensive wine vault at Eddie Merlot’s.
Seafood station at the Eddie Merlot’s VIP party featuring oysters, shrimp and crab legs.
Ice sculpture at the Eddie Merlot’s VIP party.