Over the past five years, Kevin Bednarz, owner of The Ashburn Pub, estimated that events there have raised more than $200,000 for charities such as StillBrave, which provides non-medical support to children with cancer and their families.
Such events are a key part of the restaurant and bar, a neighborhood fixture in Ashburn Village Shopping Center since 1995, he said.
“It’s important for us to support the local charities that might not get as much attention as the national ones,” said Bednarz, who became associated with the pub in 2004. “We do about 30 of these benefits a year.”
While November and December are traditionally the busiest time of the year for the business, it stays busy throughout the year, he said.
“We don’t close for snow days,” he noted. “We’ve built a good following.”
With its cozy atmosphere, home-cooked food and personal touches, some transplanted customers have remarked that the establishment reminds them of favorite places back home. One customer called it “the modern-day Cheers” in reference to the long-running television show.
Every Sunday, Ashburn Pub serves brunch. The menu includes $2 mimosas, $10 pitchers, steak and eggs, made-to-order omelets, chicken and waffles, and biscuits and gravy.
Staff is trained to determine when customers have had enough to drink and make sure they take Uber or another service home. “We stress the food first,” said Bednarz.
He regularly updates the menu – new recent items include Chicken Parmesan and a variety of fresh sauces.
Being clean, functional and relevant are prevailing themes. “We can be old school,” Bednarz said. “But we also want to keep up with the times.”
An entrepreneur who can wear numerous hats, the upstate New York native has owned several local businesses. He recently reduced his ownership stake in Comic Logic, a store also in Ashburn Village that opened in 2015. Partner Rob Kaylin, a comic book store veteran, now owns most of that business, although Bednarz continues to be passionate in and around the comic book world.
“That was part of the plan,” Bednarz said. “We’re really satisfied with how it’s gone. It was time for me to step back some.”
Bednarz is also an accomplished artist who was named “Best Artist” by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2011. He’s involved with the All-Star Comic Con, scheduled for June 15-17 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.