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Celebrating 26 Years
of Neighborly Hospitality

The Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) was founded in 1997. What began modestly with the Evening Star Cafe, a convivial corner restaurant in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood, has now grown to include seventeen restaurants, two breweries, a wine shop, a bakery and coffee shop, a butchery, a food hall, a retail concept with numerous locations and more. Combined, the restaurants employ over 1000 people and participate in a number of charitable projects to benefit organizations such as Share Our Strength, Capital Area Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club of America, Alexandria Child Fund, Carpenter’s Shelter, Martha’s Table, DC Central Kitchen and Think Local First DC.


As its name suggests, NRG is a group of companies, not a single corporation. We are a collective of talented and committed restaurant professionals who share common goals: to open and operate independent, exceptional, distinctive, and conscientious chef driven restaurants with ambitious beverage programs, to create unique gathering places that reflect the communities in which they are located, and to surpass the expectations of our guests.


NRG’s businesses include the Evening Star, Planet Wine, Vermilion, Rustico (two locations), Columbia Firehouse, Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, Buzz Bakeshop, The Grand Delancey, Red Apron, Bluejacket, Iron Gate, The Partisan, B Side, The Sovereign, Hazel, Slice Joint, The Roost, Caruso’s Grocery and Owen’s Ordinary, and others. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group remains focused on and committed to its community and guests and is constantly seeking new ways to better serve them both.

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Center For Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Alexandria, Virginia

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Established in 2010 by Michael Babin and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area. Based on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, Virginia, thanks to a landmark partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Arcadia manages four distinct program areas (Arcadia's demonstration Farm, Veteran Farmers, Nutrition Education & Mobile Markets) that address a specific need in the community, while collectively engaging consumers, farmers, schools, and institutions.


Arcadia’s mission is to cultivate vibrant local food systems that prioritize health, equity, and sustainability from the farm forward and to work to improve public health through equitable access to better food, increase the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations.


The Mid-Atlantic’s Largest Craft Beer Festival

Washington DC

Since it's inception in 2012Snallygaster has grown into the region's beastliest beer festival bar none; an epic salute to the planet's finest craft beer and a must-attend for beer lovers of every stripe. Produced by the minds behind the Neighborhood Restaurant Group and powered by an incomparable crew of volunteers, Snallygaster brings to bear 350 of the most sought-after, small batch and rare craft beers & ciders from 175+ producers against a backdrop of the best of the best in food trucks, live music, activities and games for one day of rollicking fun each year.

Better still, Snallygaster serves as the largest annual fundraiser for, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in our region. By attending , you are supporting the demonstration farm in Alexandria (where they grow food using sustainable practices and host thousands of school kids to teach them about farming & healthy foods), two mobile farmer’s markets dedicated to under-served & low-income neighborhoods, a veteran's program and so much more.

The best way to stay abreast of the beast? Join the mailing list at and follow along on social as announcements, exclusives, promotions and more and unveiled throughout the year.

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“Snallygaster Is Like If The Best Beer Bar In The Country Suddenly Popped Up In A DC Parking Lot”

The Washington Post

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