A new eatery is on its way to Herndon and it may be the first of its kind in the nation.
Stone’s Cove Kitbar, both kitchen and bar, will offer a new concept in dining at 2403 Centreville Road in the Clock Tower Center. Owners BJ Stone and Scott Mowrey said the concept comes from the observation that often at parties in people’s homes, guests congregate in the kitchen.
In the center of the restaurant is a large stone oven, with a kitchen on either side, along with a bar on each side. The kitchen is surrounded by connected tabletops and counters where guests pull up a seat and watch a chef-tender prepare their food and cocktails.
Stone’s Cove Kitbar will be a fun, engaging, refreshing and exciting place to dine, and is not meant to be formal or structured, the owners said. “Sharing is a big part of the concept,” Stone said. “It’s almost like we’re trying to create recess for adults.” He said there are no rules at recess except “be nice.”
The menu offers items such as appetapas, edibations—or edible libations. Many of the menu items are intended for sharing, though guests can enjoy a burger if that’s what they’re looking for, Stone said. They said they don’t want to control their guests’ experience, but want people to customize it and make it their own.
Stone said they have a very talented group of chef-tenders, and each of them has to know how to prepare the food on the entire menu, along with bar tending. He said all of them have decided to be a part of something that hasn’t been done before.
Chef-tender John Schonacher said he has worked in enough restaurants to know Stone’s Cove will be very unique. When hosting diner parties often people end up socializing where the food is being made—in the kitchen—and eating around communal tables, which is what Stone’s Cove offers, he said. “It’s like inviting people to your house,” he said.
Bruce Bentley, another chef-tender, said he thinks the restaurant will be a lot of fun. He said there aren’t a lot of places where you get to watch your food being made in front of you and at Stone’s Cove guests will see the show of the employees slinging drinks and food at the same time.
Stone and Mowrey have been in the restaurant business their entire careers, working with chains such as Outback, including opening the Herndon location about 20 years ago. “If we have a portion of the success that we’ve had with our corporate ventures, we’ll be very happy,” Stone said.
Mowrey said they chose to locate Stone’s Cove Kitbar in Herndon because it’s a diverse, busy area with a lot of energy and traffic. The restaurant is slated to open in mide-March. “Plus Herndon is just a great community,” Stone said. He said it’s a warm and welcoming place and they hope they can be a part of that.