Sunday, February 05, 2012

“We think of ourselves as a ‘hidden jewel.”

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Photo credit:  Dave Phillipich

Music-themed resto-lounge Melody Tavern officially opened its doors for live music this past Friday with a grand opening celebration and performance by local jazz guru Lena Seikaly

Adorned in modern decor, restaurateurs Michel Daley and Jordan Cappolla's new 6,700-square-foot space exudes a cozy elegance with loyal clientele. A true new Orleans-style jazz and blues lounge, the 148-seat main dining area provides a warm and intimate atmosphere for diners looking for local live entertainment. 

The Arlington hotspot opened in late November, however Arlington County granted the hospitality duo a live music permit in late January, finally bringing the restaurant's name to life.

  Vinoda Basnayake, Lena Seikaly and Melody Tavern Co-Owner Michel Daley

Local VIPs  ABC 7 anchor Leon Harris, Eden Lounge co-owner Vinoda Basnayake, Josephine co-owner Alain Kalantar and WPGC's Sunni In The City among others made a toast to the owners and their new live music eatery. The venue boasts an impressive performance schedule, with upcoming acts such as captivating Broadway "Dreamgirls" vocalist Julia Nixon on Valentine's day. 
Jasmine McGee and WPGC's Sunni And The City

Alain Kalantar and Melody Tavern co-owner Jordan Cappolla

“We think of ourselves as a ‘hidden jewel,’” co-owner Michel Daley explains. “We are definitely a destination place and people are being drawn in by our excellent, reasonably-priced food. We offer plenty of free parking for our guests. There is no other venue quite like us in this area.”