Ashburn’s Bungalow Alehouse Offers ‘Elevated’ Food, Beer Menu

The Bungalow Alehouse opened for business last week in the building formerly home to Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant in Ashburn’s Pipeline Plaza.

It is a fourth restaurant and bar for the Escape Group of Restaurants—the company that owns Sterling’s Bungalow Lakehouse. Sean Early, an operating partner with the group, said the new location features a “superb” menu, numerous Virginia beers and an overall environment that improves upon the company’s three other locations.

“I feel like this is the culmination of everything we’ve been doing well over the years,” Early said. “It just incorporates all of the great things that we’ve done.”

The alehouse features 8,000 square feet of space, including an outdoor patio and bar, billiards, dart boards and a tap system with beer from all across the commonwealth—including Devil’s Backbone, Väsen Brewing, Triple Crossing Brewing and Ardent Craft Ales from Richmond and Solace Brewing, Lost Rhino Brewing, Old Ox Brewery and Quattro Goomba’s Brewery from Loudoun.

Early said the alehouse also features an “elevated food game” with a menu that improves upon that of the Lakehouse in Sterling.

For appetizers, the restaurant offers dishes like fried half cured pickles, swimming blue crab poppers and chardonnay steamed mussels. As main courses, it offers a Vietnamese banh mi steak sandwich, multiple flatbreads, street tacos and Mok Pa steamed Halibut in banana leaves. It also offers different flavors of chicken wings, Louisiana gumbo and Terlingua, Texas chili.

Early said that after opening Bungalow Billiards in Chantilly in 1997, his parents, Keith and Cheryl, were constantly looking for “viable locations” for new restaurants. He said the Bertucci’s spot caught their eye about seven years ago because of its prime location at the corner of Farmwell Road and Ashburn Village Boulevard—one of Ashburn’s major thoroughfares.

Early said the Escape Group began renovation work on the building about a year ago by grinding it down to its base layers to “rebuild it back in [their] own image.” He said the kitchen renovation was the most drastic part of the work, since Bertucci’s kitchen took up half the space.

Now, Early said the Bungalow Alehouse’s kitchen takes up only a quarter of the building but features more cooking equipment than the Italian restaurant ever had.

The Bungalow franchise began 22 years ago when Keith and Cheryl Early opened Bungalow Billiards in Chantilly as a stylized version of a bungalow—a word used to describe a cluster of small rental summer homes. The Escape Group of Restaurants expanded its self-proclaimed “eatertainment” restaurant business to three more locations—the Bungalow Alehouse in Woodbridge, which opened in 2011; the 18,000-square-foot Bungalow Lakehouse in Sterling, which opened in October 2012; and now the Bungalow Alehouse in Ashburn.

The company employs more than 150 servers, hosts, cooks and other team members across those four locations.

Moving past a grand opening that was “really excellent,” Early said the Escape Group is mainly focused on making the Ashburn’s Bungalow Alehouse “the best it can be.”

“We really think that this is something our community in Ashburn wants and needs,” he said.

For the next few weeks, the alehouse will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day. Beginning June 17, it will open for lunch.

To learn more about the alehouse or see a menu, go to ashburnalehouse.com.

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