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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

  • Speaking as a restaurant owner of 50 years, I can honestly say that the brothers (owners) served some of the best food in the area.
    We wish them luck in the future!

  • restonfan

    Sure with they would come back to Reston, Tall Oaks residents miss them.

    • Robert Mowbray

      I doubt that they will come back to Reston – certainly not Tall Oaks.

  • Robert Mowbray

    El Manantial and a restaurant in Lake Anne, whose name I can’t recall, were my family’s favorite Reston restaurants. After El Manantial closed and the Fuentes family moved to Herndon, La Europa became our favorite restaurant in the area. Now that it is gone, we are looking, unsuccessfully so far, for a new favorite. I hope that the Fuentes decide to give the restaurant business another try.

  • Jennifer Walter

    Loved Europa, great food, excellent service. Had our special occasion work lunches there and enjoyed many dinners. Will miss it.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Ming patronized both El Manantial and Europa and found them both excellent. Very sad Europa is closed.

  • Scout

    So sad. The Fuentes family ran a first-class establishment. Wonderful food – great service – and a quiet restaurant. I so wanted them to succeed – we went as often as time allowed. This is a sad state of affairs. There is a not a decent restaurant in all of Reston/Herndon. Please try again in another location!!!!

  • Lynne Mulston

    Patronized both El Manantial and Europa – the best in dining experiences and customer service. Will miss Humberto and Mario terribly and brother, Chef. Hope they decide to reopen another restaurant.

  • Ligia

    I was aware Europa restaurant was closed more than one year ago. It was the family favorite restaurant and we haven’t found a “new favorite”, so today I googled to see if the Fuentes brothers had opened o new place. Unfortunately the answer seems to be negative. Wish the best to Fuentes brothers, and hope we could enjoy a restaurant run by them. I really miss Europa!!

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