Thursday, May 9, 2013
Fairfax Chamber of Commerce won't support a possible 4 percent tax on meals and beverages in Fairfax County. But some leaders say it's a good way to bring in extra revenue.
A potential meals tax in Fairfax County is already leaving a bad taste in the mouths of some members of the business community. During a meeting of the county’s top economic officials Tuesday, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) said it was opposed to the tax. Christian Deschauer, the FCCC’s vice president of government relations, said the chamber would not support a referendum, a position shared by many restaurant owners, he said. “We’ve never supported state legislation or board action that specifically targets a single industry,” Deschauer said. “I’ve talked to a bunch of restaurants in the past week … and the message has not changed from them – they remain adamantly opposed. That’s just the initial feedback.” Last week …
Family will continue to operate Manassas location.
After 41 years, it looks as if Falls Church landmark Anthony’s Restaurant will close its doors for good June 2. In a statement yesterday from Ted Akis, son of the restaurant’s owner, the family will continue to operate their Manassas location. The restaurant was scheduled to close March 31 but had its lease extended to June. City officials said they wanted to keep Anthony’s in Falls Church, but with plans for Rushmark Properties LLC to build a complex that will include a Harris Teeter, apartments and other retail space where the restaurant is, the future for the institution is bleak. Here is the statement from Ted Akis: It is with a heavy heart and sincere regret that we inform you that Anthony’s Restaurant will be permanently closing our …
The latest in our "wow" house series is on Division Avenue.
The second-most expensive home* on the market in Falls Church is still under construction, but the developer is looking for a buyer. 2301 Division Ave. in Falls Church is for sale now. When completed, it will have six bedrooms, six full and one half bathrooms and have about 8,600 square feet of living space. It will also have a three-car garage, two master suites, a theater and an acre of land. It’s on the market now for $2,124,000. See more about 2301 Division Ave. here. * Wondering about the most expensive home for sale right now with a Falls Church address? Check out this home on Boat Dock Drive. For more Falls Church real estate news, see the Falls Church Patch house and home section here.
The chain owner will instead open a steak and chicken restaurant in the Falls Plaza on Broad St.
There won’t be a Burger 7 coming to the City of Falls Church after all. According to BurgerDays.com, the company figured opening a location at the now vacant storefront at 1112 W. Broad St in the Falls Plaza was too close to their location at 7505 Leesburg Pike just up Route 7 in the Idylwood Plaza. Instead, according to BurgerDays.com, the owner has decided to open a steak and chicken store at the Falls Church location. For the quickest updates on Falls Church news, Follow @FCPatch on Twitter and "Like" Falls Church Patch on Facebook.
Three local restaurants were inspected recently—here are the restaurant health inspection reports provided by the Virginia Department of Health.
In Virginia, restaurant inspection reports are not quite as simple as getting a letter grade or an easy-to-see number rating to post in the front window. With that said, we all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation. A "critical violation" is one that "poses a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served." Non-critical violations are generally related to cleaning or maintenance. "Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to the Virginia Department of Health's (VDH) …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce looked at growth rates from 2008 to 2011.
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce has released its "Fabulous 50" ranking of the of the fastest-growing businesses in Virginia. Three Falls Church businesses made the list, based on growth from 2008 to 2011: The 2013 list is dominated by service companies—27—followed by 22 technology companies. Northern Virginia is home to 39 companies on the list. The Virginia Chamber honored all 50 companies at a banquet on April 25 at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County. The full list of honorees is in the May edition of Virginia Business magazine and is available online.
Enjoy Mother’s Day brunch with your family in Falls Church.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12, and in addition to the gifts, cards and flowers, you may want to make reservations for brunch. In Falls Church, there are a couple restaurants that will have a special Mother’s Day menu, you just have to act fast to make reservations. Mad Fox Brewing Company, 444 W. Broad St., Falls Church: Mad Fox will be serving brunch on Mother’s Day starting at 10 a.m. 2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church: This restaurant will have a special menu for Mother’s Day. If you know of any other restaurants in Falls Church with a special Mother’s Day brunch or dinner menu, let us know if the comments section below.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Peek inside these amazing homes for sale in Virginia and DC.
Maybe you don't need his-and-her master bathrooms. Or a wine grotto, a pool or acres of land. Some people, though, apparently do—and they're willing to spend a lot of money to have those amenities in DC or Northern Virginia. We can all dream, can't we? In addition to dreaming, we can take a look inside some of the most exclusive, amazing homes for sale in Virginia and DC. Just click on the links below to see what's for sale in some of our 31 Patches around the region. Great Falls Wow House: No More Shared Bathrooms Wow House for Sale in Fredericksburg: Grand City Living on Hanover Street Wow House for Sale in Arlington: Patio, Pond, Porch Wow House for Sale in Manassas: Lots of Office Space Wow House for Sale in Centreville: Lawn, Stream…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Celebrate the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War in Falls Church.
Cinco de Mayo is Sunday and a couple Falls Church establishments will have drink and food specials for anyone looking for a place to go. Falls Church City Police will also be out and about patrol the streets looking for anyone who may have had too much to drink. Note that the Washington Regional Alcohol Program that runs SoberRide – a program offering a free taxi ride for people who have had too much to drink – will not be offering services this weekend. The service is only offered between Christmas and New Years Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July and Halloween. Here are a couple local restaurants offering Cinco de Mayo specials: Dogwood Tavern, 132 W. Broad St., Falls Church – There will be Mexican beer specials on Cinco de Mayo …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
These homes are for sale now in Falls Church.
Here is this week's random sampling of homes for sale in the Falls Church area that are hosting open houses this weekend. If you are a Realtor or homeowner and have a home just listed or an open house this weekend, feel free to add a photo by clicking the "upload" button or add text information below in the comments. Clicking on the links below will bring you to information about the property on Zillow.com. Happy house hunting! 600 Abbott Lane 601 Oak Haven Drive 310 Lawton Street 711 E. Broad Street 531 Great Falls Street For more Falls Church area open houses, click here.