There’s a new restaurant – Baja Bistro Fresh Mex Grille – in the Bradlick Shopping Center in Annandale, and it’s owned by local residents, Youness and Kristina Boukhlifi of Edsall Park.
It’s a “quick-service, casual restaurant,” says Kristina, and “everything is made fresh in house.” That includes the guacamole and salsa, ranging from medium to super hot.
|Kristina and Youness Boukhlifi|
Baja Bistro, in the spot formerly occupied by Flame N’Grill, had a soft opening Feb. 24 and will have a grand opening after it gets a liquor license.
Youness has extensive experience in the restaurant business – he works at Marcel’s in Washington, D.C. – and opened a Baja Bistro franchise because he always wanted to own his own place, Kristina says. “This is his dream come true. This is his baby.”
Both Youness and Kristina have full-time jobs, and they have two daughters, age 4 and 2, so they decided a franchise, like Baja Bistro, would be a little easier to manage than starting from scratch.
Baja Bistro is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday.