Major news on the Loudoun foodie front.
From what we’re gathering, the huge 16,000+ s.f. Smokehouse Live barbecue restaurant and live music venue at Village at Leesburg is going to reduce its size significantly by cutting its current space by more than half. The space they are vacating will be taken over by a new 10,000+ s.f. commercial kitchen and indoor farmers’ market.
ChefScape currently has one small location in Loudoun, in a small strip mall in old Ashburn near the Carolina Brothers restaurant. It is a commercial kitchen for small food-based businesses, such as food trucks, that need access to high quality kitchen and business facilities. For example, a food truck can rent space and time in the kitchen weekly in order to prepare the items they sell from the truck.
The new ChefScape at Village at Leesburg, its second location, will be huge and offer much more. Not only will it have the commercial kitchen facilities for local food businesses, but it will also offer classes, events and markets that will be open to the public. It appears ChefScape will be taking over the portion of Smokehouse Live is that includes the large dining room with all the picnic tables.
Among the plans is a partnership with Eat LoCo, a local organization that works with and promotes area farmers and artisan food producers. Eat LoCo currently sponsors the weekly farmers’ markets at One Loudoun and Brambleton as well as one launching in Purcellville in May.
We don’t have many details yet, but we understand that ChefScape and Eat LoCo are partnering to offer the first year-around indoor farmers’ market. When it launches, it will run Thursday afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m.
Stay tuned for more details!
(Another thank you to Andrew Sample, who wins this week’s award for best news tips!)