The Empress has made quite the splash for being open only two weeks. Owner Melissa Barlow says she doesn’t want good cuisine to be intimidating. That’s why the Euro-inspired fare all comes in under $13. Barlow describes the food as social cuisine, so all the plates are just right for sharing.
Two doors down from The Republic on Broad Street, they open at 6:30 a.m. each morning for breakfast with fresh scones, muffins, and espresso. For late night, they serve dessert until 1 a.m. – which includes crepes and a creme brulee duJour like chai or strawberry tea-infused.
Tomorrow night, Barlow opens the doors for a Grand Soiree. The restaurant’s grand opening will offer complimentary heavy hor’dourves of menu items and wine tasting.
Empress held a Beer Tasting & Pairing last Tuesday. The beers selected by Specialty Beverage of Virginia added a distinct Halloween twist to the evening. TASTING MENU Moorhouse Pendle Witches Brew — Toasted Sourdough and Cranberry Chutney Abita Pecan Harvest — Smoked Gouda & Salami Scone Rogue Dead Guy Ale – Crushed Pepper Pulled Pork Dixie [...]