Former El Manantial Owner Closes Herndon Restaurant

by Karen Goff June 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm 9 Comments

Europa Restaurant/Courtesy Europa

Just 18 months after closing his longtime Tall Oaks Village Center restaurant and relocating to Herndon, former El Manantial owner Humberto Fuentes has closed his newer restaurant, Europa.

Fuentes operated El Manantial at Tall Oaks for 11 years, bringing a high-end Mediterranean restaurant to the center. He closed El Manantial in the fall of 2014.

Fuentes told Reston Now in 2014 that he signed a five-year lease, rather than a 10-year lease, in 2009, when he noticed that Tall Oaks was losing much of its vibrancy and tenants.

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

Fuentes then leased space on Station Street in downtown Herndon and opened under a new name.

Fuentes said early on that “business is better here than in Reston.” Locally owned Europa received mixed, but mostly positive, reviews from customers.

Europa closed on April 30, Fuentes said.

Meanwhile, Tall Oaks’ future as a retail center looks to be limited. Owners Jefferson Apartment Group will present its plan for a new residential with about 8,500 square feet of convenience retail/restaurant, to the Fairfax County Planning Commission July 14.

Photo: Europa Restaurant/Courtesy Europa

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