The Fairfax Times published an article in its recent issue about that mysterious three story restaurant that's been going up at the intersection of Rts 28 and 29 for the past year:
New restaurant is three in one
Source: Fairfax County Times
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 2007
UPDATED WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 2007
A three-level restaurant designed to attract a wide variety of customers is about to open on one of the most historic spots in Centreville.
Alto Plaza, scheduled to open soon after the holidays, looks like something that belongs in Florida or the Southwest with its Latin and Moorish architecture.
The inside promises to be just as unusual, decorated with bright blue, orange and gold colors, according to Wendy Gordon, a spokeswoman for the restaurant.
There will be casual dining on the first two floors, where Nuevo Latino and Mediterranean cuisine will be offered. Continental dishes with Latin influences will be served on the third floor, where there will also be live music.
Investors hope the one-of-a-kind restaurant will become a multi-use facility for the community, Gordon said.
“We want to make sure everyone would be able to enjoy this place,” said Hakim Elmanouzi, the restaurant's general manager and a native of Morocco.
Alto Plaza is the realization of a “vision” that a group of investors, dispersed across the United States and abroad, have of creating a quality, culturally diverse place in a central location, Elmanouzi said.
The spot, near the intersection of routes 28 and 29, is known by longtime Centreville residents as the "high point” of their community.
Across the road from Centreville's Historic District, it was the location of Hunter Hardware – opened in 1951 and closed last year when owner Roger Bostic died of a heart attack.
Hunter's eventually moved into to a nearby shopping center, but the location never ceased to be a community gathering place as Centreville grew from a small farming neighborhood, into the diverse community it is today.
Elmanouzi said many people in the community are curious about what will occupy the spot next.
People keep thinking it will be a private club, or a big house, Elmanouzi said.
“We want to share this building that is very unique,” he said.
The managers hope their affordable prices and quality service will also draw people, Gordon said.
Prices for casual dining dishes range from $9.95 for appetizers to $14.95 for entrees.
The fine dining entrees will cost up to $42.
Elmanouzi, who used to work for Ritz Carlton, is preparing the staff to offer quality customer service.
“It's going to be run like a boutique hotel, but without the rooms,” Gordon said.
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