• http://www.facebook.com/gary.j.reighard Gary Reighard Jr.

    WOW, THIS SUCKS !!!! So many good times, great times, and food !!! Hope they can reopen somewhere close, Thanks the Anthony Family for all the Years of service !!!!!!

    • cityoffallschurchsucks

      won’t be falls church, what an overpriced dump this city has become.. it’s all about the small business? what a freaking LIE that is!

      Nader Baroukh, to hell with you TOO! sick of your lies!

  • D_Wayne_Jones

    If we could get the 2,000 people who signed the petition to save this landmark to each put up $1,000, we might be able to buy a spot for Anthony’s to stay. What do you say, people. Are you in?

    • cityoffallschurchsucks

      you’re believing that the city already didn’t have plans and that poor tony couldn’t afford them.

      silly little taxpayer, what did you think the city government cares about us?

    • JFallsChurch

      sure, If I get .5% interest in the restaurant and no personal liability.

  • disqus_hq4EDA3u51

    Very sad. the folks in charge at Falls Church City should be ashamed of themselves. They don’t get involved. yeah right. I sure bet they were involved and probably gave Harris Teeter lots of “economic” incentives to locate there. I, for one, will never set foot in the Harris Teeter or be patronize any other stores that replace Anthony’s. I would not blame Anthony’s for leaving town — they have been treated badly in this whole deal. All this “development” has really destroyed Falls Church City. If I didn’t work nearby I doubt I would ever come here anymore.. .and definitely without Anthony’s there is no reason too. Thanks to Anthony’s for all the great years and times you gave everyone. Hopefully, many other locals won’t support Harris Teeter either.. Losing Anthony’s for a mediocre grocery store is the real travesty…

    • Patricia Webb

      “All this “development” has really destroyed Falls Church City” I agree

    • c0mment

      I don’t think anyone has negative feelings for Anthony’s – it truly is a Falls Church institution. City officials have done what they can to try and match up Anthony with other space available in the city and it sounds like Anthony leaves open the possibility that a suitable place could be found. Maybe he could let us know what he’s looking for and the community could help him find a place?

      I do wonder if anyone has any compassion for the person who owns the land and building where Anthony’s is located? Doesn’t that person deserve to earn a return on their investment – make a profit by redeveloping? One reason Anthony’s liked the situation was that his rent was relatively low – but that means that the person who owned the building was earning a relatively small amount.

      It seems like Anthony’s has enough community support that if he wanted to make a go at it in another location, even with a higher rent, it could work out. I hope he gives it a shot or let’s us know that he’s retiring out of choice – I don’t think the city has given up on him!

      • John Scott

        Thank you for this very well thought out comment. The article would lead us to believe that the ownership of Anthony’s is somehow unable to make basic business decisions. The thought that the citizens of the community must band together for a fund raising campaign to locate this business elsewhere in the city is preposterous.

        • garrafa10

          What is even more preposterous and outright loathsome are douche-bags like you destroy local institutions to build your plastic world.

    • JFallsChurch

      where to you live?

    • cityoffallschurchsucks

      the city is going to become another cookie cutter crap hole.

      let the city rot in hell.

  • John Scott

    Everyone has a right to their opinion and the FCNP is a great place for these.

    It would appear that the opinions of the patrons of Anthony’s is that the restaurant should be allowed to stay where it is by any means necessary. These patrons have had many years of wonderful memories and want to keep the good times going. This kind of sentiment is what is so highly sought after by any business.

    What people are confused by is that the owner’s of Anthony’s either did not prepare for this eventual change of location in their Falls Church city location or did not want to stay in FCC. They were given ample time to locate a new facility when the owner of the building informed them of the sale of the property. This is a business dealing and the owners of Anthony’s clearly did not want to continue their business in FCC. But as the article states, they will however still have a facility in Manassas which they will focus their energies.

    I would suggest that all the loyal patrons wish them well in their business decision and remember the good times fondly. This is NOT a city matter and should never have been brought up in a city council meeting. Again this is strictly a business decision.

    The passion is admirable but times change and with them come new businesses with new traditions yet to be started.

    Farewell to Anthony’s and all the best to you.

    • cityoffallschurchsucks

      boy are you without a clue.

      • John Scott

        thanks for sharing your opinion and your extremely detailed rebuttal of the comment above. You must be the pride of your high school debate team.

        • garrafa10

          You are an incomparable idiot.

    • garrafa10

      They were forced out you idiot. They did not want to close down their restaurant in Falls Church. The new traditions of a plastic restaurant and Harris Tweeter? How much of a douchebag are you?

  • cityoffallschurchsucks

    so, who’s your next victim mayor Nader Baroukh? who are you going to throw out on their rumps and make up excuses? the city council is scum of the EARTH! who is next on your list to destroy?! the city lied to us from the start on this and many other things.

    • JFallsChurch

      life goes on, 20 years from now, if Anthony’s stayed or went, it’s okay.

    • JFallsChurch

      with that said, if Giant wants to relocate to Brown’s Hardware…then I have issues.

      • Pat

        They can’t. Luckily Brown’s owns their land or they’d be forced out too. Developers rule and politicians get their “campaign contributions.” It’s sad what this country has become. What happened to our ancestors who built this country on small businesses? We have nothing but chain restaurants and stores everywhere. What a shame.

  • David Brennan

    I’m so angry about this. Anthony’s is my favorite place to eat, its community feel and the quality of the food is like no place else. With all the ugly condos and new developments going up, I loved the retro feel of Anthony’s especially with its huge windows. This is not progress, building another Harris and more condos is not progress. Where is the progress in that? I was sad when the Pancake House moved too. Perhaps Anthony’s can find a location near to where they are now? The City of Falls Church is turning into another souless gentrified empty area just like Clarendon, Ballston etc.

    • David Brennan

      Also – why Harris Teeter? There is already a Harris on Lee Highway and a multitude of supermarkets in Falls Church. Why is everything catered to yuppies who are transient anyway? If the government cuts ever come in and the government contracting charade ever crashes, this whole area will go down the toilet too as these yuppies will move elsewhere and the real people will be left to pick up the pieces.

      • Pat

        Harris Teeter is upscale and that is what the younger generation wants. Falls Church is trying to prove they can be as good as Arlington and Fairfax which are larger. Sad but true. That new Post Office building is hideous from the outside at least.

    • JFallsChurch

      soulless gentrified….why because trying to build more commercial space along the main street in the city?

  • David

    It should be a prerequisite that anybody commenting on this article must know what the term “opportunity cost” means. And as a side note, the City didn’t screw over Anthony’s. Anthony’s leases space that the owner decided to sell.

    • garrafa10

      Of course, the City offered no financial incentives to build yet another artificial and plastic space in Falls Church. An even greater prerequisite is to not be a shameless hypocrite like yourself. Can you understand text without illustrations?

    • Pat

      David–You know darn well that there was some hancky pancky going on there and Anthony’s got the short end of the stick. Developers rule and I’m sick of it. The developer gave the owner “incentives” to close down that lease on a hard working couple. I didn’t say the city, but they didn’t try to stop it either.

  • Tony

    Great family, great food, great times. When my father passed away, our family went there afterwards and Anthony (who knew my father well) was like having another family member at the table. Very sad to hear this. Although I do frequently visit the Manassas location but I’ll always have a special memory for the FC location. Hope they find a new place to relocate.

    • David

      This article is from May. They are relocating to Rte 50.

      • Tony

        Yep, that’s what I heard. Very glad to hear that!

      • imaguestdealwithit

        still, they lost their pedestrian visitors. don’t all of us are rich and can take the cab and the bus doesn’t cut it.

        • David

          Anthony’s lease expired. The landlord opted not to renew it. Anthony’s could have opted to relocate to an area with similar pedestrian visitors. Apparently they think their new location will serve them well, since they’re investing in a restaurant there.

  • imaguestdealwithit

    one thing i won’t miss, the weirdo church going cultists who would flood the place on sundays with their arrogant ill mannered intents.

  • Pat

    This is such a shame! My in-laws lived in Falls Church until their deaths and we would go to Anthony’s frequently and also do take-out. WHY do developers always win??? It isn’t worth it to try to own your own business. A developer will buy the land right out from under you. It’s not just Falls Church. It’s all over and it’s wrong!

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