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Culpeper Times • May 25-31, 2017
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Cheers to Sperryville’s Francis
Construction has ended and saw dust swept up at the Sperryville Corner Store, which now counts four spaces under one roof for dining and provisioning needs. Just weeks after the Rappahannock Pizza Kitchen (RPK) opened to much fanfare — and subsequent rave reviews — in the rear of the historic general store, the Batchelor Family of owners has cut the ribbon for bar Francis, an intimate watering hole where Rudy’s Pizza was once located. There are several “Francis Originals” and “Francis Classics” cocktails to choose from bearing intriguing if not familiar names like the Spirit of Sperryville, Appalachian Aviation, Rush River Aged Negroni, Rock Mills Goes French, and Hanky Panky, among others. When we stopped in recently Colleen O’Bryant of Wild Roots Apothecary (WRA) was behind the bar expertly mixing botanical elixirs into the drink recipes, creating delicious and eye-appealing collaborations. Take the non-alcoholic Subtle Vacancy, consisting of strawberries, cucumber, lemon, verbena, WRA rosehip hibiscus, lemon juice, and soda. “Bar Francis is a collaborative effort with Colleen,” says Craig Batchelor. “Colleen is the mixologist genius behind our cocktail menu. She is brilliant. Nearly every cocktail on our list includes one of her hand-crafted ingredients. Her unique sense of flavor combinations and balance is truly amazing. She has
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her own riff on all the stand-by classics, plus a lot of completely unique cocktails that capture and express her creativity. We are lucky to have her as part of our team.” Francis also offers an impressive wine selection (not surprising, given Craig’s experience in the vineyards) as well as bottled and draft beers, including wheat, pale and amber ales, dark beers and Belgian styles. As for the name Francis, the highway marker near the junction of Main Street and U.S. 211 in Sperryville explains that the town was laid out by Francis Thornton Jr. in 1817. Then again, there were no less than six Francis Thorntons associated with Rappahannock County between 1731 and 1840. In fact, in 1731 Francis II was granted a patent by King George II for 3,000 acres of land along what is now the Thornton River, including the stretch that flows through Sperryville right past bar Francis. “Naming our bar ‘Francis’ is a way of bringing that history into the modern conversation,” Batchelor notes. “I hope everyone asks ‘why the name Francis?’ because there’s a great story to tell.” Concludes Batchelor: “Bar Francis was designed to be small, special and sophisticated; a place where one immediately gets the sense that everything is well thought out and crafted with care. It’s warm wood finishes give a natural, clean and slightly old-fashioned industrial feel. At night it has a wonderful yellow glow from the low-watt Edison bulb chandelier. We take our drinks seriously and we are unabashedly geeky about what goes into them. We’ve got all the usual basics covered, but we’ve also got some wonderfully unusual and unique things for adventurous drinkers.” — John McCaslin
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