Fill This Space: Cafe Lakeside’s Lunch Counter

Empty Lake Anne Pharmacy lunch counter

It has been six months since owners Alfredo and Rocio Melendez  flipped their last burger and scooped the last ice cream at Cafe Lakeside.

The breakfast and lunch counter at Lake Anne Plaza — under different names and owners — has been part of Lakeside Pharmacy for decades.

The Melendez’s closed the food service in February when the pharmacy went under contract to be sold. With the space’s future uncertain, the couple decided to retire.

Meanwhile, ownership of the pharmacy has turned over and the business continues to operate. Reston real estate brokers say that the lunch counter space can be leased or sold separately.

So, what do you think should go in this waterfront location at Lake Anne Plaza? Should it be a restaurant? Or another kind of business separate from the pharmacy?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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