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Copperwood Tavern to Open in Shirlington on Sept. 1

New restaurant will feature seasonal farm-to-table menu options.

Construction at Copperwood Tavern, 4201 Campbell Ave. in Shirlington, is under way in anticipation of a Sept. 1 opening. Photo by Jason Spencer
Construction at Copperwood Tavern, 4201 Campbell Ave. in Shirlington, is under way in anticipation of a Sept. 1 opening. Photo by Jason Spencer

Copperwood Tavern, a new cabin-style restaurant and bar that will feature seasonal farm-to-table menu options, is slated to open Sept. 1 in Shirlington Village.

The latest concept from Wooden Nickel Bar Co. — owners of Irish Whiskey and the Mighty Pint in Washington and Wilson Tavern in Clarendon-Courthouse — will fill the former Bistro Bistro spot at 4201 Campbell Ave. in Shirlington.

The tavern will seat 188 people and feature 24 draft beers, 30 small-batch whiskeys and Virginia moonshines, and offer front porch dining for people and their pets. The rustic tavern was designed by Silver Spring, Md., artist Maggie O’Neill to make customers feel like they're "entering the wilderness in southern Virginia," according to a news release.

Copperwood Tavern's interior "will be a dramatically warm and unique tribute to the best place in everyone's life: The home away from home. Hunting and fishing accents will be seen throughout the décor, complete with all the charm and texture that comes with places that make you long to hang out longer," the release states.

The restaurant will feature "prime cuts of local game, farm-raised poultry, beef and fresh fish accompanied with hearty, shared sides," the release states.

The dog-friendly porch will seat 56 people and feature copper dog bowls and house-baked dog treats.

Copperwood Tavern would not provide any photos from inside the restaurant before its opening. However, check O’Neill Studios' Facebook page for sneak peeks of some of the design considerations and accent pieces.

Renovation work to the space on Campbell Avenue was temporarily stopped in June due to a permitting issue with Arlington County, though that was soon resolved.

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