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April 5, 2019

New Bealeton restaurant serves up Southern fare

Photos/Don Del Rosso
In its first two weeks, The Two Brothers Prohibition Grille served an average of 60 lunches a day. It since has added dinner.
Karin and George Sikora talk with Manager Meghan Todd.
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The Untouchable Burger.
Mike and Steve Todd have operated Davis Street Pier restaurant since 2014.
The fish and chips are excellent; the fries are addicting; the French onion soup is out of this world.
— Charlynn Pollins
The Two Brothers Prohibition Grille
• What: 88-seat restaurant serving range of beef and seafood main dishes, appetizers, soups, salads, sides, burgers, sandwiches and desserts

• Where: 11139 Marsh Road (Route 17), Bealeton

• Owners: Mike and Steve Todd

• Employees: 11

• Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

• Phone: 540-402-6534

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The Culpeper restaurateurs initially wanted to open a place in Remington.

But Mike and Steve Todd couldn’t work out a lease agreement with the owner of a Main Street space they believed would have met their needs.

That led the brothers, who own the Davis Street Pier restaurant in downtown Culpeper, to the old State Bank of Remington building at Marsh Road and Station Drive in Bealeton. The Todds opened The Two Brothers Prohibition Grille in the one-story, 2,208-square-foot space about two weeks ago.

“This has been an amazing 14 days,” Mike Todd, 50, said Tuesday, noting the restaurant has served an average 60 lunches per day. Open daily, it began serving dinner Tuesday.

“I think it’s going great,” said Steve Todd, 49. “We’re meeting a lot of new people and putting out a lot of good food.”

The lunch and dinner menus feature a range of beef and seafood, appetizers, soups, salads, sides, burgers, sandwiches and desserts.

Playing on the restaurant’s prohibition/organized crime theme, items’ names include “The Untouchables Burger,” “The Bonnie and Clyde Reuben,” and “The Speakeasy Club.”

A South Carolina native, Mike Todd described the restaurant’s cooking style as “fresh” and “Southern.”

“My grandmother’s the best cook in the world,” he said. “I still believe that today. Half her recipes are in this restaurant. Half the things we do — the seasoning, pudding and cakes — it’s her recipe.”

Charlynn Pollins, 70, and a couple of friends play seniors’ bingo Tuesday mornings at the Bealeton McDonald’s, after which they “kill” some time and then break for lunch.

“We were here the first day they were open,” said Ms. Pollins, a Sumerduck resident and retired Rite Aid pharmacy technician. “The fish and chips are excellent; the fries are addicting; the French onion soup is out of this world.”

Two Brothers Prohibition Grille also provides a restaurant option that she believes Bealeton lacked.

“There’s Italian and Mexican,” Ms. Pollins said. “But we didn’t have a sit-down, all-round American restaurant. They’ve got steak, hamburger, seafood — you need that.”

Realtor Teresa Nichols of Midland also welcomes the new restaurant, noting Bealeton’s glut of fast-food places.

“I’m happy they’re here,” said Ms. Nichols, who stopped in for a bowl of soup on a cold afternoon. “There’s really no place for families to go” in Bealeton. “No more fast food. There’s McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Popeyes. Now Arby’s is coming. Enough is enough.”

The Todd brothers opened their Culpeper restaurant in 2014. Loyal customers Karin and George Sikora, who know and like the place, tried the Prohibition Grille for the first time Tuesday.

Mr. Sikora, 72, a retired school bus dispatcher, had a Caesar salad topped with shrimp and a bowl of New England clam chowder. Ms. Sikora, 70, had the Reuben sandwich.

While both praised their meals, the couple believe the Todds make the experience particularly memorable because of the way staff treats customers.

Mike Todd’s daughter, Meghan, 26, manages the restaurant and waits tables.

“What makes a place to me is the people,” Mr. Sokira said. “If I could walk into a place and people remember me, they are friendly, they talk, they engage you — that’s what makes a place that you want to keep going to.”

The Todds first considered opening a restaurant in Southern Fauquier about a year ago.

“There’s a lot of growth on the way,” Mike Todd said of the Bealeton market. “With the new subdivisions” and plans to expand nearby Cedar Lee Middle School, “we thought it would be a good time to jump in here.”

The brothers also liked Bealeton because of “heavy traffic” along Route 17, and Fauquier customers of the family’s Culpeper eatery often told them the area needed another sit-down restaurant, Mike said.

The Todd brothers incorporated the word prohibition into the restaurant’s name because of Fauquier’s moonshine past during the United States’ ban on the production, import, transportation and sale of alcohol from 1920 to 1933, Mike Todd said.

“Fauquier has such a great history on moonshine,” he said. “They had one of the toughest sheriffs (W. Stanley Woolf in office from 1914 to 1947). He was mostly ignoring other crime and just going after the moonshiners.”

The building last housed a bank branch in 2001, when BB&T acquired the State Bank of Remington. The structure since has housed at least three restaurants.

The Prohibition Grille, which has a beer, wine and alcohol license, can seat 88 people, Mike Todd said. When weather permits, the brothers plan to add outdoor seating and a bar to serve 36 people.

The Todds rent the building for $5,000 a month.

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.

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