Food Should Be Fun

-Thomas Keller

Locally Sourced × Crafted with Love


The Story Of Charlie

Charles H. Swearingen, or Charlie, was a Navy man from Kentucky. Charlie had a devout passion for sports and family.  As a father (and Jeremy's grandfather), he encouraged the values of honesty and hard work. 

As a sports fan it did not matter what sport, league, city, or team it was; he enjoyed them all.  If asked to choose, the local team was always his favorite. There was something about the sportsmanship and people coming together that fostered his lifelong love. 

We are Charlie’s because of Charles H. Swearingen. We think of him as our role model and inspiration. Everyday we strive to embody his character, inspire others and live out his legacy.



Our Team


Jeremy and Justus both grew up in Northern Virginia and were raised to be loyal Redskins fans. When they had the opportunity to open restaurants here in Del Ray, it seemed the perfect locale for a restaurant like Charlie’s.

These brothers (by law) were lucky enough to open Live Oak Restaurant around the corner in August of 2016 and now are happy to bring you Charlie’s on the Avenue. This restaurant is the classic example of a local kitchen bringing you high-quality food made from scratch, as well as a craft bar program that functions as a seasonal extension of the kitchen.

A place to gather with friends and watch your team play, Charlie’s is Jeremy and Justus’ vision of what a neighborhood gathering place should be.



Sous Chef

Joel is originally from Guatemala and has been living in the U.S. for the past 12 years. He became apart of the Live Oak Family when he walked by the restaurant before opening and applied. Joel started out as a prep cook at Live Oak and then graduated to line cook working dinner shifts.

Joel has proven to be a vital part of our team at Live Oak and as a result will be taking the lead in the kitchen at Charlie's On The Avenue. He brings so many talents to our restaurant family and we are excited to watch him continue to grow with us.



Beverage Director

Will was born and raised in a small town in Michigan. His instant and unexpected love of the service industry led him from years as a nine-to-five worker to a career in the restaurant business. 

Will helped Jeremy and Justus open Live Oak Restaurant in 2016 where he has created and has managed an excellent bar program. We are so excited for him to extend his skills to Charlie's On The Avenue as Beverage Director of both restaurants.

When not behind the bar you will usually find Will out and about with his wife and his young son cheering on the Detroit Red Wings!



Social Media & Marketing Manager

Catherine moved to Del Ray from Atlanta, Georgia in 2015. After working with several local restaurants in Alexandria, she joined the Live Oak family in 2016.  

Catherine became the Social Media Manager for Live Oak Restaurant in Fall 2017 after combining her love of hospitality with her degree in Communications she received from Georgia Southern University. We are excited for her to share her skills with Charlie's On The Avenue.

Being from the great state of Georgia, her favorite sports team is the Atlanta Braves. 


Contact Us



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1501 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia, 22301

PHONE: 571-319-0343

HOURS: 11am - 12am

*Kitchen closes at 11pm