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Visions for Vacancies: American Rental

What would you like to see at the former site of American Rental?

7254 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Photo Credit: Sherell Williams
7254 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Photo Credit: Sherell Williams

This vacancy is located at 7254 Columbia Pike and is the former location of American Rental. It is beside the New York Pizza Factory 

Earlier this year, American Rental relocated to a new property, located at 7101 Wimsatt Rd., in Springfield earlier this year.

What would you like to see at this property? What kind of business do you think would best serve the community's needs and blend in with the current shops along Columbia Pike (including the incoming Walgreens)?

Oscar Vallejo July 31, 2013 at 08:01 AM
I would like to see Chipotle open up somewhere in this area. Granted there's one on Gallows Rd but still prefer a closer one.
Sherell Williams (Editor) July 31, 2013 at 09:31 AM
I second this. I would also love a Chipotle closer to here. Have you been to Buenos Grill? I know when they opened last year, a few readers mentioned they preferred Buenos to Chipotle (the concepts are similar) or found it to be a closer option when they don't feel like driving to Falls Church for Chipotle.
EL July 31, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Ewww, anything but a Chipotle. We already have a local restaurant that does the same thing in Buenos, no need to bring in a chain that puts cilantro in everything (due to genetic quirk, people like myself experience cilantro as a soapy water taste). Besides Buenos has a better selection of dishes anyway. Of course, I think we have enough chain restaurants as it is, and we need to bring something a little more in the spirit of small-town Annandale. I think we need a quaint watering hole, in the pub or tavern style. We have some restaurants with bar seating and the Cue Club, but none of those really provide an atmosphere conducive to sitting down and enjoying a pint.
CD August 01, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I went to Buenos Grill soon after it opened and was far from impressed. I enjoy a Chipotle once in a while but have not gone back to Buenos Grill. The food tasted old and the meat did not taste right. I threw my meal away and left.

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