Letters to the Editor: May 30 – June 5, 2013

May 30, 2013 10:09 AM0 comments

Thank You Anthony’s For All the Memories

Editor,

The City will soon lose treasured neighbors – our friends at Anthony’s Restaurant. After 41 years of serving our community, Anthony’s will close its doors and along with it will go many wonderful memories. How many little league and soccer teams have celebrated their seasons in the back room, deer antlers peering over their heads? Who hasn’t had a Friday or Saturday night pizza dinner with family, all the while surrounded by the warm atmosphere served up by Tony, Faye, and their whole team?

Anthony’s is a “family” restaurant in every sense of the word – parents with young children can have dinner without fear of disturbing others and large families can enjoy one another’s company in a wonderful, friendly environment. What makes Anthony’s different from other places it that is a warm place where everyone is welcome. Given the harried nature of our everyday lives, the loss of such a place makes our City a less hospitable place.

There has been much talk of creating a “city center” in Falls Church; I think that we’ve long had one and now, we’re losing it. My family has been regular patrons at Anthony’s, particularly since our sons were born. Early on, Faye would take one of our infant boys in her arms as she seated customers. As they got older, the boys drew pictures on the Greek placemats with the ever-present crayons, then we started enjoying soccer and baseball banquets in the back room. Tony, Faye, Penny and Ted, along with their family and long-time employees, welcomed us as if to their homes, and that warmth is something that we’ll miss very much.

While I hope that Tony and Faye can find a new place in or near Falls Church, they’ve already given us countless wonderful memories and created a great place for families to relax and enjoy a meal together. On behalf of our family, thanks to our friends at Anthony’s for many super times. We’ll miss you all very much.

Jim Villa

Falls Church

 


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