If there’s one feature that was prized above almost all others in the restaurant world this past year, it’s outdoor seating. But long before COVID-19 was ever a glimmer on the horizon, Chadwicks owner Trae Lamond had his sights set on just such an improvement to the well-known restaurant on The Strand. “When I took over in 2015, I had dreams of, ‘How can I compete with the outdoor space of all these other places?’” Lamond said. According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Chadwicks was approved for 80 new outdoor seats, but don’t expect the restaurant to begin with that. Rather, Lamond wants to start out in a manageable fashion, both to ramp up calmly in Chadwicks’ kitchen as well as to maximize guests’ enjoyment of the new space. “Our kitchen is somewhat small, so we don’t want to shoot ourselves in the foot by setting ourselves up to fail,” he said. Expect closer to 50 seats available when the new space opens in a couple of months’ time." As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, "And with a brick patio and steel balcony, “no one can tell me it’s not going to be an improvement,” Lamond said. About 10 regular-height tables will adorn the patio, with several bar-height tables tucked away near the back and a small wait station for easy staff access. And then there’s the upper level. Chadwicks’ new outdoor space is slated to be ready Sept. 13 – just in time for slightly more amenable late-summer, early-fall weather."