With a roster of four breweries and a distillery, there’s plenty of places where Purcellville residents can whet their whistles, but some could argue that the town is lacking when it comes to more traditional bars. But that’s about to change.
Kevin Bednarz, a 13-year Purcellville resident and the owner of The Ashburn Pub since 2013, is preparing to open a second location in western Loudoun’s largest town, in the location that formerly housed Coney Island Diner. The Purcellville Pub will feature a dining area more than twice the size of the Ashburn location, an outdoor patio that will seat up to 40 people, an eight-draught tap system with rotating beers, an expanded menu and an all-around more family-oriented vibe.
Bednarz, 48, said he’s been mulling over the idea to open a pub in Purcellville over the past few years.
Since moving to the town with his wife in 2006, he’s noticed long lines when going out for dinner on the weekends, and many residents often driving to Leesburg to avoid them. Bednarz, who is also a part owner of Ashburn’s Comic Logic and a former bartender in Buffalo, N.Y., said he didn’t open the pub sooner because he felt the market wasn’t ready, but that he knew the time was right when Coney Island moved out at the end of March.
Now busy remodeling the 2,900-square-foot interior—which is already outfitted for a restaurant—Bednarz said the project is labor-intensive, but not overwhelming because it’s basically been a turn-key operation. He said the permitting process has gone smoothly, too.
“The Town of Purcellville and the County of Loudoun have been so responsive and helpful,” he said. “They’ve been super supportive and super responsive.”
Bednarz is shooting for a mid-June opening. Once that happens, he’ll launch a menu featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner, happy hour specials and a late-night scene for the town’s younger crowd. He’ll also serve domestic and rotating craft beers from the area’s breweries, with Lost Rhino Brewing Co. among them. “There’s so many good breweries in the area,” he remarked.
Bednarz said all of that would accommodate western Loudoun’s demographic—one that includes blue-collar workers, larger families and is generally “a little more country.”
“Family is the big one,” he added.
To help him with the new pub, Bednarz has tapped The Ashburn Pub’s Head Chef Rayner Martinez, and General Manager Chris Deatherage, along with several bartenders.
He’s hoping people won’t look at The Purcellville Pub as another average sports bar with mediocre food, but that they’ll come in with an open mind.
“I think people will be surprised with the quality,” he said. “We’re going to surprise people with our gluten-free nachos, our salmon salad, our homemade desserts.”
Bednarz is also planning to do more than just feed the town. He’s also looking to support the community in multiple ways. He’ll be looking to sponsor the Purcellville Cannons again this year, continue feeding the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department once a month, host live music and themed pop-up parties and help raise money for local organizations. Throughout the past six years in Ashburn, he’s raised close to $250,000 for those types of causes.
With about two months left until he’d like to open, Bednarz said the community response for the Purcellville Pub has been “overwhelming.”
“I just think people here are excited for something new,” he said. “It’s a good fit for us.”