Anthony’s Restaurant Returning to Falls Church

November 29, 2013 1:14 PM4 comments
FOR 41 YEARS, Anthony and Faye Yiannarakis of Anthony’s Restaurant fed families from their location in downtown Falls Church. Anthony tells the News-Press that plans to open a relocated Anthony’s Restaurant in Falls Church are “looking good.” (Photo: Evelyne Horovitz)

Anthony and Faye Yiannarakis are bringing Anthony’s back to Falls Church. (Photo: Evelyne Horovitz)

Anthony’s Restaurant, the Falls Church institution which closed in June of this year after 41 years on West Broad Street, announced that construction will begin in mid-to-late December on a new location in F.C. on Annandale Road.

Officially outside the City of Falls Church limits, Anthony’s announced its new location at 3000 Annandale Road, near the intersection of Route 50 and Annandale, on its website this week. Pete Zoutis, general manager of Anthony’s, told the News-Press that the space will be approximately 4,400 sq ft. and they hope to open the doors at the new location by April.

Zoutis says “With many of the familiar faces from the original Anthony’s, as well as the classic menu favorites, we look forward to having the opportunity to serve our friends in Falls Church again soon!”

 

  • philduncan

    About a year ago, when it became clear that Anthony’s would be losing its lease on W. Broad, where it had rented for many years, I said at a Council meeting that I believed it would be possible for a “win-win” scenario to emerge, one that would see Anthony’s move to another nearby location while construction proceeded on the new building in City Center anchored by a Harris-Teeter grocery. I hope that all of Anthony’s fans in and around The City will be pleased to learn of the posting on Anthony’s web site which says: “Construction to begin in December at the NEW Anthony’s location at 3000 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.” Meanwhile, I understand that work on the H-T site is scheduled to begin in early 2014.

  • David

    Those who opposed H-T looked for any reason to obstruct the new development. “Saving” Anthony’s, whose lease was set to expire, became a rallying call for those who are comfortable with the status quo: underdeveloped lots and sky-high property taxes.

    Anthony’s ability to relocate is proof that mixed-use development and the preservation of local businesses are not mutually exclusive ideas.

    • Tom Brugman

      Ha. We’ll see if H-T or its new owner ever build in FC City. We have seen H-T pump other towns in SW Virginia for handouts and then never build. Also, the new owner will probably not build new facilities. Anthony’s was probably lost for nothing.

      • David

        I don’t understand what you mean. Are you saying HT will not be built, or that Rushmark will not build anything in FC beyond HT? If the former, I think it’s pretty clear that you’re wrong, considering the site plan was just approved by the City and groundbreaking starts in the next few weeks. If it’s the latter, I’m not sure how that’s relevant to the discussion.

        In any event, Anthony’s wasn’t “lost.” Read the article above. It’s relocating.

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