‘Bonnie and Clyde of Loudoun’ opening new bar in downtown Leesburg

Fast-growing downtown Leesburg is about to get a new speakeasy-style watering hole called Tarbenders. 

The 2,000-square-foot spot will have a 1920s-style vibe, said co-founder Paul Zangos, who’s been working at bars and restaurants around Loudoun County for the past 15 years. 

Zangos is teaming up with Brandee Baldwin, who will manage the front of the house and serve as the spot’s main bartender. The two worked together at Great American Restaurants, where Baldwin managed the bar at Sweetwater Tavern in Sterling for 13 years before leaving to help open matchbox in One Loudoun. 

“We’ve been friends for some time, we’re kind of like the Bonnie and Clyde of Loudoun,” joked Zangos.

Tarbenders will take over the space at 10 S. King Street that was formerly home to Chimole, a tapas restaurant. Chimole closed in February.

The owners are hoping to capitalize on downtown Leesburg’s growing nightlife scene. The King Street strip now has its own rotating-concept pop-up…

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