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El Manantial Will Vacate Tall Oaks Village Center, Move to Herndon

by Karen Goff — April 1, 2014 at 11:00 am 1,505 4 Comments

El Manantial/File Photo

Another longtime tenant of Tall Oaks Village Center is departing the mostly empty shopping center.

El Manantial Restaurant will close at Tall Oaks in the next few months and reopen in Old Town Herndon, the restaurant’s owner says.

El Manantial, a high-end Mediterranean restaurant, has been a mainstay at Tall Oaks for 11 years, even as other stores closed, leaving more vacancies at the center than occupied spaces. Owner Humberto Fuentes said he signed a five-year lease, rather than a 10-year lease, in 2009, knowing that Tall Oaks had lost much of its vibrancy.

That lease is up in July. More than half the Tall Oaks space is now vacant, including the anchor grocery store space.

“I realized this center is not going to get any better,” he said. “I want to operate in a better location.”

Fuentes will also rename the restaurant Europa, which better describes the menu, he said.

The departure of the popular restaurant is one of many businesses to close at Tall Oaks recently. Earlier this month, Total Rehab Chiropractic moved from Tall Oaks to 1760 Reston Parkway.

The stand-alone Burger King and the 25,000-square-foot anchor space have been empty for years. Curves gym and Dominos Pizza have also closed in the last 18 months and no new tenants have taken their place.

Tall Oaks is just up Wiehle Avenue from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station set to open this year, but there are no current plans to rezone or redevelop the site.

El Manantial was a 2003 Washingtonian Top 100 restaurant pick.

What does the future hold for Tall Oaks Village Center? Join in the conversation on our forums page or in the comments below.

File photo of El Manantial

  • Dexter Scott

    Wonderful place. Hope it succeeds in the new location.

  • Devon Wright

    A cheap and easy solution for Tall Oaks would be for RA to allow for lighted sineage on the backs of the stores so that folks on Wiehle would actually know there is a shopping center.

    • Reston D

      A better solution would be to rebuild Tall Oaks as a place people want to hang out. It’s a run-down, unappealing strip mall now. Mama Wok is the only reason to spend time there. We need another Lake Anne rather than more/brighter signage – which you can find enough of in neighboring towns.

    • LaurieTD

      I think this would be a great location for the new indoor swimming center that Reston wants to build! The owners have not been interested, but as more tenants vacate, perhaps they will change their tune.

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