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New Buenos Grill Mexican Restaurant to Open in Annandale

The restaurant, scheduled to open in summer 2012, will offer fast-casual dining options.

A new family-oriented restaurant will open its doors in Annandale soon.

Buenos Grill, a Mexican grill and fast-casual restaurant, is slated to open this summer.

According to owner Charles Lee and manager Simon Yi, Buenos Grill will serve burritos, tacos, salads, nachos, chicken wings and ceviche. Lee and Yi presented an overview of the restaurant to the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday.

The restaurant, located at 7023 Columbia Pike across from the Annandale Shopping Center and the Columbia Pike Animal Hospital, will be mostly dine-in, but will accept phone, online, and fax orders for pick-up.

Yi said the goal is to open by July 1, but they are still waiting on permits to be approved. Tentative hours of operation are likely to be Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Based on the layout, the restaurant may seat 60 patrons in the main dining area and a maximum of 36 patrons on a brick-paved patio area that will feature saguro cactus inlay [see PDFs above at right for scans of the layout].

The property will have some landscaping, including flowers and small small trees. The sidewalk landscape will have Japanese maple with additional plants and flowers to be planted before the opening.

Members of the planning committee expressed concerns on Tuesday about the restaurant lacking enough parking to accommodate the employees and patrons. The restaurant expects to create 27 parking spaces. Yi said gravel was laid in the back lot behind the restaurant to accommodate overflow parking. An anticipated 15-20 parking spaces will be added if necessary and if Lee and Yi can successfully acquire a zoning change to create the spaces.

Although they plan to include beer and wine on their menu in the future, Yi said that Bueno Grill will not have alcohol when they initially open. Yi said they want to see how the business fares without alcohol as a draw. A few committee members suggested Lee and Yi re-considering their plan since they may not see the return customers they expect without the alcohol.

Depite the proximity of the nearest residential properties, Yi said they anticipate that the noise disturbance to the residents who live just behind the restaurant will be minimal.

This is the first restaurant for Lee, who also owns Annandale Catering on Tom Davis Drive. The property is on the former the site of a Shell gas station.

B. Tosoni April 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Exactly, please, no more fast food places, let's have a better dining choice in Annandale, so we don't have to go out of the city. How about a nice Mediterranean, or even a steak place now that Fudruckers will leave.
Karen Fleming June 11, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I hope it opens up soon, with the closiong of Fuddruckers annandale does not have too many good resteraunts in the area that are not Korean.. from What I see when I go to church it doesn't look like they will be ready to open by the 1st of July. Karen
Karen Deck June 18, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Sherell, any update to this? I drive by here quite often and it doesn't look like any progress has been made in many months. I have been looking forward to a new restaurant opening and am disappointed that it appears this won't finish construction anytime soon. Thanks for your work!
Sherell Williams June 18, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Hey Karen, you've got great timing. I just got off the phone with the owner and am going to write a brief update. It looks like the restaurant won't open for another 3 months. Thanks your comment!
P Diesel June 19, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I wish that one single restaurant opening would fix all the ills that come with Annandale. The over population of Korean restaurants, karaoke joints and other random shady businesses that do a good job dissauding the non-Koreans to experience what they have to offer. Pair those along with the illegals at every corner that leave behind a path of garbage and the lack of desire for persons to approach the business that they are perched in front of day in and day out. Annandale has become a fissured and look out for oneself community and it the rate it is going its not looking to get any better.

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