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KO Distilling to celebrate 1 year in business


On Saturday, September 17th from 12:00-6:00 p.m. we will be hosting our 1st Anniversary Open House to celebrate our first year of operations.  It is our way of giving back to the local community, our loyal followers, business partners, and family and friends.  We encourage you and yours to come by our distillery that day.  We will provide complimentary admission, free guided tours, live music (a DJ and local performers Leon Rector and Harlen Simple), face painting and lawn games.  Tickets for meals (provided by Okra’s Cajun Creole), local beer (from BadWolf, Heritage and Tin Cannon Brewing companies), KO Distilling spirits tastings, and VIP packages will be available for purchase.    
We look forward to you, others from your business, and your family and friends coming out to celebrate with us — RAIN OR SHINE, as we have an outside Food & Beer Garden with a big tent to complement our 2,500 sq ft visitors center that day.  
Last month, KO Distilling announced it would triple production at its Manassas facility, and hire six new employees with the help of local and state grants.

Zandra’s Taqueria Opens Thursday in Manassas

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Owner of popular Monza tries hand at tacos


 Zandra’s Taqueria will celebrate its Grand Opening on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. 

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting followed by fun giveaways and entertainment by Harlen Simple, a local Manassas band.  All are welcome to come out and celebrate the grand opening. 

Owners Nicholas Kowalewski and Miguel Pires are excited to open their doors to the public with this fun, casual, gourmet handcrafted taco concept.

“Our specialty is our handcrafted tacos – corn tortillas with fresh ingredients and fun atmosphere.  We are looking forward to having guests try us out,” said Kowalewski.   Owner Pires added, “Nick and I worked on opening this concept for over a year and we are very excited to celebrate and be part of the City of Manassas community.” 

Zandra’s Taqueria of Old Town Manassas, Va. was established in 2014 and is owned by local restauranteurs and young entrepreneurs Nicholas Kowalewski and Miguel Pires of Manassas.  

The contemporary American taqueria offers handcrafted gourmet tacos. Kowalewski, age 31 and a graduate of the Stratford University culinary program and Zandra’s Taqueria executive chef, general manager and owner, uses local and fresh ingredients to add a new twist to tacos. 

Pires, 31, grew up in a family-owned and -operated restaurant business and is part of the history of the long-established Carmello’s and Monza of Manassas.  As the general manager for 10 years, Pires decided to continue to expand the culinary experience in Old Town Manassas and open Zandra’s Taqueria. 

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