Open since 1969 when Old Town was still a commercial port, the Warehouse is aptly named, as the former marine supply shop was once surrounded by warehouses and a handful of other businesses. Reimagined as a restaurant, the Warehouse was later sold in 1988 to Hossein Pishdad, whose industry experience included co-ownership of five other restaurants as well as time spent working in several restaurants in Alexandria and in the formal entertaining room at the State Department. In 2019, Pishdad partnered with Megan Hallett, the daughter of the original owners.
As an event venue, the Warehouse offers something entirely unique. “The Warehouse combines tradition with modernity in an intimate, yet elegant setting,” says Hallett. “The building was built in 1868; and even though the inside was destroyed in a fire in 1984, the facade is original. The inside has been regularly updated to ensure a comfortable and sophisticated setting for our customers that respects our historic roots. Our food is also a mix of traditional dishes with New Orleans flare, updated with modern tastes in mind. We strive to provide the best service possible in a very personal environment. Many couples include the Warehouse in their wedding plans because they have been coming there for years—some since childhood—and it holds a special place in their hearts. They also know no one will take care of them quite as well as Hossein. He gets so much joy out of talking to all his customers and making their experience as wonderful as possible.”
For weddings and other special events, the Warehouse offers custom designed menus that include a variety of their most popular items in addition to vegetarian and vegan options specially designed by their chef. They can also create customized desserts for the event.
The space accommodates both small and large parties, with private rooms available for up to 50 people. “We are honored that our guests choose us for their most special moments and we treat each event with the respect and joy it deserves,” says Hallett.
For more information, visit warehouseoldtown.com.
Story by -Liesel Schmidt