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#977 Dec 12, 2008
John R wrote:
Seen the signs on Old Carolina that it is closing on the 19th of Dec. Wasn't sure if it was closing to finish Heathcoate intersection, or closing to begin the widening of Old Carolina, or both?? I heard awhile ago that when they do the widening Old Carolina will be closed for a year.
it's paved down to 15 from Old Carolina on Heathcote. Be nice to have Carolina widened

Since: Dec 08

New Baltimore, VA

#978 Dec 12, 2008
John R wrote:
Also has anyone heard any more about the Costco that was supposed to be built further down 29 in New Baltimore? Is that still a go?
The New Baltimore Costco seems to be in a holding pattern. I know one of the new investors asked for additional time to study the proposal, that was back in Aug. In Oct there was a town hall meeting to further discuss it, but nothing definitive came out of it. I do not believe any ground has been broken to date. So it is wait and see, and in this economy who knows...

Since: Dec 08

New Baltimore, VA

#979 Dec 12, 2008
New Baltimore Guy wrote:
<quoted text>The New Baltimore Costco seems to be in a holding pattern. I know one of the new investors asked for additional time to study the proposal, that was back in Aug. In Oct there was a town hall meeting to further discuss it, but nothing definitive came out of it. I do not believe any ground has been broken to date. So it is wait and see, and in this economy who knows...
i just found this "The Board of Supervisors voted in November 2007 to allow the Cost Co building in New Baltimore. Cost Co hopes to have it completed in the fall of 2009. The property is located behind Town N' Country, 7-Eleven and Spitony's. They had hoped to have it open in 2008, but Cross Creek LLC (the developer of the shopping center) is having trouble securing credit in this economic downturn."
kab

Haymarket, VA

#980 Dec 12, 2008
Has everyone seen the new conctruction north of Linton Hall/29 intersection? It's interesting that everything around is being torn down, but the brand new building was built. It's going to be our first Gainesville car wash. Hopefully a good one.

Since: Jan 08

Haymarket, VA

#981 Dec 12, 2008
kab wrote:
Has everyone seen the new conctruction north of Linton Hall/29 intersection? It's interesting that everything around is being torn down, but the brand new building was built. It's going to be our first Gainesville car wash. Hopefully a good one.
I am eagerly awaiting the opportunity to have someone else vacuum my car out. If they don't do that - I'll be flumuxed. Perish the thought of having to do it myself...
Rachel

Middletown, MD

#982 Dec 13, 2008
I saw on the website for the Shops at Lake Manassas that a Limited Too is coming. By Febuary 2009, Justice will be taking over Limited Too. So is that still a go??
2 justices?
Gainesville Hokie

Laurel, MD

#983 Dec 14, 2008
Zed's Ethiopian restaurant opened last night. I was their first customer! It was very good. We tried beef, chicken, and fish dishes. It almost reminded me of a Italian/Middle Eastern mix (olive oil and garlic were prevalent). They did not have the bread yet but served it over a spinach rice and the ABC license is coming soon. The owner herself cooked my meal. They have an abbreviated version of their menu in DC. Here is a link to their website:

www.zeds.net

Please go out and support our local independent restaurants.
I like pizza

Gainesville, VA

#984 Dec 14, 2008
I ordered take out from Pizza Margherita last night -Bruschetta appetizer and a NY style veggie pizza. The bruschetta was ok - not the best I've had, but not the worst either - average and wouldn't order it again. (Brooklyn Brother's bruschetta is much better). The pizza was good - worth a second try - but jury is still out on whether it is the best around.
HailSkins228

Warrenton, VA

#985 Dec 14, 2008
Anyone know if the Buffalo Wild Wings is open yet? If not any idea when it is opening?
Pauli

Gainesville, VA

#986 Dec 14, 2008
Iain B wrote:
I just can't understand why anyone would prefer to eat at a soul-less corporate chain making soul-less food made from a corporate-issued 3-ring binder, like Carrabba's, when they can eat better food made from local family-owned establishments.
I agree there. Back home, in Australia, corporate chain foods are not popular at all. Most modern and high-end restaurants are privately owned. The only corporate chain I can think of who doing well is laughably a fast food chain, McDonalds, which has drastically updated their image and stores to resemble European cafes.

Like any restaurant, corporate chains depend on location, management, employee attitude (due to location) and ambiance. The Carabbas in Centerville, for example, is below average when compared to others I have been to located in other cities. Some of these Carrabbas would make a chef from Italy proud.

On the Border is an example of absolute rubbish when one is in the mood for Mexican food. Come to think of it, I don't know of any decent Mexican / American food in the DC area. Which is ironic considering the demographic of the region. Whereas a family owned chain like 'Mexico Restaurant' in the Richmond area not only has excellent service but the quality is second to none. Every single time I have been there.
Jaz

Gainesville, VA

#987 Dec 15, 2008
EBG wrote:
I decided to give ATR another chance and took a friend there for lunch last week. The place was empty, you could have shot a canon through there.
American Tap Room would have to be one of the worst places I have been to. Have they replaced the 20 something year old manager? A guy who clearly does not seem to know his foot from his a-- or care for that matter. Same goes with the clowns they have working there behind the bar.

Since: Aug 08

Warrenton, VA

#988 Dec 15, 2008
We started going to ATR as soon as they opened. We were excited to have a new food option close to home. It didn't take long to realize the food & service was not good. We stopped ordering anything other than wings, nachos & beer. Fairly safe.:)

We went this past wkend. & decided to see if the quality really has changed. 4 of us ordered meals & apps. We could not believe it! The portion sizes are much larger & the food was really good! There were a lot of wings in the order (could have been crisped more for us), the calamari was great, the chicken piccata & chicken /brocoli were really good! The chicken w/ orange ginger sauce had an odd burnt taste, so it wasn't the favorite. The test will be consistency. It might be good today & then not good the next time. We'll see.

We sat in the bar area so I can't comment on the service in the dining room. And yes it looks like a lot of the same employees are there.

Since: Jan 08

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#989 Dec 15, 2008
ATR needs to go in favor of something much better.

Since: Jan 08

Haymarket, VA

#990 Dec 16, 2008
It looks like we're seeing some progress with Heathcote Blvd. as they will open the new segment to Rt. 15 and close Old Carolina for expansion this week.

Also, has anyone eaten at the newly opened Pizzarama in Haymarket? Is this a sit-down restaurant as well?
Heather

Atlanta, GA

#991 Dec 17, 2008
For anyone who is a fan of El Tio restaurant (we love the food but it can be a little pricey)... if you're a member of Upromise college savings, they are offering a great deal through Restaurant.com . You can purchase a $25 gift certificate for $2. There are several other area restaurants to choose from as well. I just ordered a few for my family and a few to give as gifts.
asgoodasgold

Duluth, GA

#992 Dec 17, 2008
New Baltimore Guy wrote:
<quoted text>The New Baltimore Costco seems to be in a holding pattern. I know one of the new investors asked for additional time to study the proposal, that was back in Aug. In Oct there was a town hall meeting to further discuss it, but nothing definitive came out of it. I do not believe any ground has been broken to date. So it is wait and see, and in this economy who knows...
There is also a lawsuit pending in Fauquier County by a neighbor. This is scheduled for December 2008 with Judge Parker.(Da Man).
Emoney

Washington, DC

#993 Dec 18, 2008
On the Border is an example of absolute rubbish when one is in the mood for Mexican food. Come to think of it, I don't know of any decent Mexican / American food in the DC area. Which is ironic considering the demographic of the region. Whereas a family owned chain like 'Mexico Restaurant' in the Richmond area not only has excellent service but the quality is second to none. Every single time I have been there
I agree with the Sweetwater Tavern, most consistent food and service around. They would make a killing in a location like ATR, we can only wish. I love the Tex-Mex at Austin Grill, multiple locations, but the one in Centreville is great. We could use a location out here. Brooklyn Brothers by far best pizza around here and have recently added item to there menu. Bertucci's will give them a run for their money though. Wegmans, wow, I'll go food shopping with my wife any day when I can sit down and eat some steamed clams and have a couple of drafts while we shop.....awesome.

Since: Jan 08

Haymarket, VA

#994 Dec 18, 2008
As far as Mexican food - I generally find good places...in California. I have always been curious about the lack of options around here as well. When we're in the mood for Mexican we rotate between 3 places:
Austin Grill (C'ville), La Tolteca (Manassas), & El Tio (G'ville). Each one is distinctly different but tasty.

Since: Jul 08

Gainesville, VA

#995 Dec 21, 2008
I contacted Mimi's and the G'ville location is slated to be opened at the end of Jan, beginning of Feb.

Since: Apr 08

Haymarket

#996 Dec 21, 2008
Piedmontess wrote:
It looks like we're seeing some progress with Heathcote Blvd. as they will open the new segment to Rt. 15 and close Old Carolina for expansion this week.
Also, has anyone eaten at the newly opened Pizzarama in Haymarket? Is this a sit-down restaurant as well?
Yes - I have gotten food from the new location twice. You can eat it, you can pick it up, or have it delivered. I've not eaten in yet - but I've been inside to order to go. I've had their NY Style Pizza, Steak & Cheese Sub, Super Italian Sub, and Gyro platter. All were good!

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