Changes Afoot at Vienna Restaurant

The menu and name at Alegria are changing, owners say.

Patrick Bazin, chef and owner of Bazin's on Church. Patch archive photo
Patrick Bazin, chef and owner of Bazin's on Church. Patch archive photo

The owners of Alegria restaurant on Church Street in Vienna have decided to change their menu, transitioning from Mexican cuisine to a bistro menu. 

In a letter to restaurant patrons on their Web site, the owners say the name will change as well: "...we have made the decision to introduce a new restaurant "Bazin's Next Door." 

The restaurant will likely follow the tastes of the owners' flagship restaurant next door, Bazin's on Church which opened in 2006. Both are located at 111 Church St. in Vienna. Alegria opened in 2012.

The owners make their changes known in a letter posted on the Bazin's Web site:

With the New Year comes change. We at Bazins have been so very fortunate to be a part of the Vienna Community. When we first opened Bazins on Church 8 years ago, we knew no one in the area but over the years we have met a number of awesome people and made many new friends. When we opened Alegria on Church in April of 2012, we wanted to introduce a new cuisine to the area. We created an authentic Mexican cuisine and were proud of both our staff and menu. As proud as we are of Alegria we recognize that authentic Mexican cuisine does not have the same broad appeal that our Bazin's style food has. With this in mind we have made the decision to introduce a new restaurant "Bazin's Next Door." Patrick has created a new bistro style menu embracing the same fresh, seasonal cuisine our Bazin's guests are familiar with, including exciting vegetarian, and gluten free options. We will also offer a wide selection of wine. For those that love our Alegria cuisine, please stop by prior to our transition and tell us your favorite dishes. Some of your favorite items will be added our new Bistro Menu. There will be a few changes to the decor but what will not change is our commitment to bring to Vienna the finest in cuisine and service.

Join us New Year's Eve as we introduce to our guests a sample of what to expect at our new venue. 

We look forward to seeing you and your friends in the coming year at "Bazin's Next Door."

Patrick & Julie

Also read:

Made in Vienna: Alegria Coming to Church Street

Wien January 02, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Sad, Alegria was one of the few creative restaurants with halfway decent prices in Vienna, the same can't be said of the original Bazin's. Not sure on the "Mexican cuisine does not have the same broad appeal" considering the capacity attained at both seemed similar most nights; the "Next Door" with a stripped down Bazin's menu should allow for easier kitchen sharing and cheaper ingredient orders for the owners, but hopefully the bistro won't be as overrated and overpriced (per value) as the original.
R. January 03, 2014 at 08:39 AM
When I had Huevos Rancheros at the regular Bazin's brunch, it was really mediocre. Reviews from friends about Alegria were generally poor. Good Mexican food has a very "broad appeal"! Mediocre to lousy Mexican food does not, especially when there's a Taco Bell right up the street!
Debbie Casey January 03, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Really? Interesting that The Washingtonian Magazine just named Alegria one of the top 100 restaurants in the DC area. An honor not bestowed on "mediocre" restaurants. In fact it was the ONLY Mexican restaurant to receive this distinction. In no way is Bazin's Next Door going to be offering a "stripped down" menu. The kitchen staff is so incredibly talented, that the Bazin's wanted to expand on this talent and not be limited to one cuisine. Their commitment to serve quality food, comprised of quality ingredients will not change.
R. January 03, 2014 at 10:25 AM
I have often thought the Washingtonian restaurant reviews were suspect, perhaps even bought and paid for. I give a whole lot more credence to friends' recommendations -- or caution warnings, as the case may be.
R. January 03, 2014 at 11:44 AM
If The Washingtonian named Alegria one of the top 100 restaurants, then they missed a lot of good ones, and particularly excellent Mexican ones. Further, we would be more prone to visit Bazin's if they bothered to put salt and pepper on each table. It is thoroughly annoying to have to beg a salt shaker from the waiter and wait 5 minutes for it to arrive. The same goes for the communal baseball bat of a pepper grinder. Realizing that the owner or chef thinks their food needs no further accompaniment, individual tastes do differ and they should be accommodated. We have found that it is just as easy to take our business to the other many fine restaurants in Vienna.
Debbie Casey January 03, 2014 at 12:20 PM
We can agree to agree with your final statement. Bon Appetite!!!
R. January 03, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Bon Appetit?


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