Common Plate Hospitality was founded by Alexandria natives Chad Sparrow, Justin Sparrow and Larry Walston. Mason Social launched in 2015 as a contemporary American restaurant in their hometown of Alexandria, VA. Following the success of their first restaurant the group decided to expand in 2018 opening Augie’s Mussel House and Catch on the Ave. Urbano 116 is the newest venture which opened in January 2019. Common Plate Hospitality seeks to offer upscale food and beverages in casual neighborhood centric restaurants.
Upon travels to México exploring markets, farms and the dining scene managing partner, Chad Sparrow was introduced to acclaimed chef Alam Méndez. After a few mezcals Alam agreed to travel to Alexandria to consult on Chad’s vision of an authentic Mexican restaurant. Within hours of collaboration it was known that Chef Alam needed to be part of the team. After an exhausting Visa process and with a little help from Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless, Chef Alam was granted an O1 Visa and partnered with Common Plate Hospitality.