|Fairfax County shut down Han-Sung Oak in 2013 for failure to comply with building codes.|
Jeff Newman, president of Glory Days Inc., is disappointed the deal didn’t work out. Noting that there aren’t any other similar casual restaurants/sports bars nearby, he said, “Barcroft would have been perfect. Federal Realty thought so, too. But at the end of the day, it comes down to numbers, and they feel they can do better.”
“Restaurants are more complicated than most retail,” Newman acknowledged. Moving there would have required a lot of demolition and infrastructure improvements, such as grease traps and accommodations for the disabled.
Also, “restaurants typically have lower margins than other types of retail,” he said. “We price our menu to be very, very affordable, so we can’t pay top dollar on rent.”
Even if it didn’t work out for Glory Days, Newman believes it would be good for the community if another restaurant would locate in Barcroft Plaza. “We got to know some of the neighbors. They were excited about having us there.”
Glory Days has 25 restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Florida. The one closest to the Annandale area is in the Pan Am Shopping Center in Fairfax. Newman is actively searching for more locations. So what about the long-empty former Bloom spot on Columbia Pike in Annandale? That won’t work, Newman said, because there isn’t enough parking and Silverado’s is already there in that shopping center.