Grass Rootes Kitchen and Cocktail
195 East Davis St., Culpeper, VA, 22701
Rooted In History
Grass Rootes opened in the spring of 2016 with the goal of serving incredible farm-to-table cuisine with local influence in a historic setting that makes our guests feel at home from the moment they walk through the front door.
Located in the oldest commercial building in Culpeper, VA, it's history can be traced back to George Washington, who was commissioned to survey and plot the town of Culpeper in 1749. The north side of Davis Street was designated as the “Public Square” which was comprised of the colonial jail, original courthouse, stocks, whipping posts and plot 35. The first documentation of any structure on plot 35, where Grass Rootes now stands, is a deed of sale in 1790 to Thomas Reade Rootes. T.R. Rootes was a distinguished Virginia lawyer and later a member of the House of Delegates.
Since its construction, the building has been used as various businesses such as a tobacco warehouse, stables, a tin shop, Civil War jail for both the Union and Confederacy, and during the 1900's, a hardware store. It has survived two fires and a major earthquake and is said that the spirits of soldiers and slaves still remain within the buildings walls.
Culpeper native and restaurant industry veteran Andrew Ferlazzo founded Grass Rootes during the spring of 2016. With over 30 years experience, he began his career working for France's Chef of Year, Master Chef Alain LeComte and the LeDuc family when they owned Prince Michel Winery. The restaurant industry has also taken him abroad with apprenticeships throughout Europe, including wine studies in Bordeaux under Master Enologist Jacques Boissenot.
Ferlazzo opened his first restaurant, Kirsten's of Culpeper, in 2002 with Chef Virginia Burton, eventually selling the establishment in 2005. He spent the next decade as an industry consultant helping and working at numerous family-owned restaurants on the east coast.
It has always been his dream to open a restaurant in the exact location that Grass Rootes exists today and when the building became available in 2016, the plan came to fruition and Andrew's dream a reality.
Grass Rootes Design Credits:
Interior Design and Buildout: Erin and Gregg Hoffman
Logo Design and Wall Artwork: Raygan Ketterer of ChikPea Graphics
Photography: Chris Thomas of Hellbent7 Photography
Metal Work/Custom Fixtures: Roque Castro of Yesterday Reclaimed
Custom Signage: Chuck Bates