Sydney Greene of The Market Group and Delirium Cafe co-owner Curtis Allred stand in front of the bar.
Rome. Tokyo. Paris. Rio de Janeiro. Leesburg. While at a first glance it might look like one of these places is wholly unlike the others, they all have one thing in common: Delirium Cafe.
International travelers are no stranger to the established Belgian brand, Delirium, and now they can find it at the first American location in Leesburg.
“It was kind of serendipitous,” co-owner Curtis Allred said.
When weighing where to open the Delirium Cafe, Allred and his partners originally considered DC or Reston before settling on Leesburg. Because of Loudoun’s recent surge of breweries, the amount of international travelers that live and visit Loudoun and the group’s history with Leesburg, the Town became the perfect place for the cafe.
Opening the Leesburg Delirium Cafe has been six years in the making and was finally realized Jan. 1 when the group took possession of the 101 S. King St. space, assistant general manager Aislin Kavaldjian said.
Allred had gone on a Belgian beer tour six years earlier and kept the idea of opening a Delirium Cafe in the back of his mind, Kavaldjian said. Fellow Leesburg residents Ricky and Vicky Leith partnered with Allred to make it happen.
“It’s continued to develop and improve and we’re excited to be a part of that,” Allred said of Leesburg
Originally, the group planned to only take ownership of the former Creme de la Creme space. But when the building’s other two tenants left, Allred’s wife encouraged him to expand into the entire building, allowing the cafe to expand to the outside porch and outside dining space.
Because acquiring the additional space increased the development timeline and cost — as parts of the property date back to the Revolutionary War — the cafe is opening later than originally planned. Nevertheless, Allred is ready for Delirium Cafe to continuously overdeliver on guest expectations.
Customers can expect casual brasserie food, a list of over 250 beers, three to four dozen different kinds of wine, a Genever bar and, most importantly, excellent service, Allred said.
“You have to have people who genuinely care about other people,” Allred said. “Otherwise you’re just a food and beer hall and Delirium Cafe doesn’t want to be that.”
The cafe officially opens 10 a.m. May 15 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.