With Loudoun’s inaugural Restaurant Week starting today, the Wine Kitchen Hearth & Steak in Purcellville isn’t just participating—it’s planning to go out with a bang.
Wine Kitchen owner Jason Miller recently announced that his Purcellville location would be closing after five years. Because the restaurant’s last day of business will coincide with the final day of restaurant week, Aug. 31, Miller said he’s treating the location’s last week more like a celebration than a funeral, with a closing-night party and specials throughout the week.
While Miller’s other ventures—the Leesburg Wine Kitchen and the Wine Kitchen on the Creek in Frederick, MD—have become culinary destinations, the Purcellville location struggled to gain traction amid light foot traffic and a fire that closed the venue for months.
“It’s more about creating other opportunities for us as a company,” he said of the decision to close Purcellville. “It’s sad and disappointing to be closing but I think in the long run it will be for the better for everything.”
Of course, talk about the Wine Kitchen isn’t completely centered on its closure in Purcellville. The Leesburg location earlier this year started serving specialty cocktails and has steadily seen an increase in business, thanks in part to the blossoming nightlife in downtown Leesburg. Miller said he also feels that the town has become more of a destination for visitors in recent years. “We’re just seeing a lot more people in downtown than we used to, which is great,” he said.
In Frederick, Miller said the Wine Kitchen is on the verge of expanding, with an announcement coming this month that will reveal plans to open a separate, smaller concept of the restaurant elsewhere in the city.
Miller has also been working with the team organizing the county’s Restaurant Week by providing information on how his Maryland location has benefitted from Frederick Restaurant Week each year in March and the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which took place last week. “I’ve seen the rewards of participating in the program,” he said.
Now fully prepared for Loudoun’s version of the event, the menus for the Leesburg and Purcellville Wine Kitchens are primed with specials. In Leesburg, the Wine Kitchen is offering a beet and citrus salad with walnut vinaigrette, oranges, shaved fennel, spicy walnuts and beet goddess dressing. In its final week of operation, the Wine Kitchen Hearth & Steak is offering a lamb chop special with lacinato kale, new potatoes, Asian pear gastrique and a pear and fennel salad. Both restaurant locations will also continue offering customers their signature wines, including the more popular French sauvignon blanc.
Miller said Loudoun Restaurant Week will be the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to eat at restaurants they’ve never been to before.
“This is the time to do it and go and check out new places,” he said. “That’s what Restaurant Week is kind of all about.”