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Twisted Cork Grille in Bristow surrounded by homes, opportunity


BRISTOW, Va. — Nancy Skipper spent more than 20 years working in the corporate restaurant world.

It’s a place where everything from the menu items, the decor, and the rules for customers service are all the same. After starting with Denny’s as a service and working her way up to a regional manager, Skipper was sent to New York to train new managers after the company purchased 28 restaurants from a competing chain.

All told, it was corporate a career that also included jobs at Bob’s Big Boy and Cracker Barrell restaurants. She later left restaurants and earned a nursing degree. But something pulled her back. (more…)

Cook in Tuscany, of Haymarket, donates culinary tours



Cook in Tuscany, of Haymarket, Va. donated two Tuscan culinary tours for the Comfort Cases, based in Silver Spring, Md. The live and silent auctions offered several trips and luxury packages. 

The winners of the Cook in Tuscany culinary tours will be able treat themselves in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and fun. The tour provides daily cooking lessons from local “Nonnas”, first class accommodations in the medieval hill-top village of Montefollonico, visits to regional wineries and cheese makers, tours of local and historic sites and many recreational activities. (more…)

Twisted Cork opens today in Bristow with week of specials



Twisted cork has an entire week of specials and events planned. We will have 2 raffles every day, simply stop by Twisted Cork Grille to enter. Tuesday, the 7th, we will have a Ribbon Cutting at 2:45 pm. Please join us for some light appetizers and house made Sangria

Twisted Cork Grille is family owned and operated by Nancy and John Skipper. After many years working in the restaurant business, they are proud to finally open to the Bristow and surrounding community. Twisted Cork Grille is an American cuisine bar and grill serving traditional comfort foods with a swing on farm to table options. The restaurant will strive to be that perfect place to bring the whole family where you will get superb service and exceptionally delicious food served with a genuine smile and a great time.

Below is a list of the grand opening week scheduled specials and events planned.


Carmello’s celebrates 30 Years with 30 percent off menu Feb. 3-12


Photo by Flickr user Mr.TinDC


Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. is turning 30 on Feb. 6, 2017. In celebration, Carmello’s will offer 30 percent off all food from Feb. 3 through Feb. 12, 2017, located at 9108 Center Street in Manassas. 

Carmello’s has been a family-owned restaurant in Historic Manassas, since 1987. Their seasonal menus serve a wide variety of Mediterranean cuisine with Portuguese influence. Carmello’s sources local ingredients, and uses fresh herbs from their backyard garden.

‘Jesse’s Girl & Aces High are now available in three local Harris Teeters’

Submitted by BadWolf Brewery:

BadWolf is very excited to announce that six packs of Jesse’s Girl & Aces High are now available in three local Harris Teeters (Bristow, two locations in Manassas).

Thank you to all of our amazing staff, friends & family getting us to this point!! We are so proud of how far we’ve come since opening June 19, 2013.

Now go grab one off the shelf and be sure to share generously with friends & family! Cheers all!

‘Mission BBQ announced…the total donation to the local National Guard is $42,839’


From Dave Cobb, of Mission-BBQ in Stafford: 

MISSION BBQ announced on January 5, 2017 that thanks to the generous support of our customers, the total donation to the local National Guard is $42,839. The donation total is from 10% of gift card sales sold between November 25 and December 31 at all 40 locations. The National Guard is an essential element of the U.S. military. Always on guard to defend the American way of life in an emergency, they are a force ready for whatever is needed in our communities.

We will be making the donation to the Fredericksburg Virginia National Guard.


Updated: Something’s happening at the old Bob Evans in Woodbridge


There are signs of life at an old Bob Evans Restaurant at 13900 Noblewood Plaza.

We spotted new awnings at the eatery, and crews working at the restaurant space near the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Minniville Road in Woodbridge.

The property was purchased by Dody Ventures for $1.65 million in August, according to Prince William County records. The property was built in 2004 and opened as a Bob Evans. The restaurant later closed, however, another nearby Bob Evans is still in business at the intersection of Smoketown Road and Gideon Drive. 


Thanks to Gus Sapien shared with us via Facebook the link to the new dentistry that will be located here:

From the website: 

Welcome to BriteStars Pediatric Dentistry, where we strive to provide the best dental care for infants, children and teens.  We only treat patients up to the age of 18 so you are guaranteed that your children will receive specialized dental care at BriteStars.  Our doctors are experienced Pediatric Dentists and Orthodontist, who will ensure that your children are comfortable and relaxed during their visits at our office.  We are currently accepting new patients from Lorton, Woodbridge, Prince William County and other parts of VA.


BadWolf, CJ Finz team for brewpub in Downtown Manassas


MANASSAS, Va. — The owners of BadWolf Brewery and CJ Finz will soon open a brewpub on Battle Street in Downtown Manassas, sources close to the project told Potomac Local.

Owners of the respective establishments have been mum on details of the new joint, and we don’t yet know when it will open.

The site located at 9406 Battle Street was most recently home to El Cactus Tex Mex which closed in October. 

The owners posted this farewell message to Facebook: 

Thank you so much to everyone that came out this weekend and last to say Goodbye!!! Thank you to our guests.

Thank you to my Wife who put the Mom in Mom and Pop operation. I couldn’t have done this without you Erika. Thank you to my Dad and Mom for your support ever since you adopted me and took me into your home.

Thank you to my amazing staff that stayed until the end. Thank you to The GunSmoke band, Chuggalug, and Chris Rall, the staff of Okras, and the staff of the Manassas Longhorn steakhouse who came out both nights. Thank you to my staff from Outback Steakhouse for your support. We are so moved by everyone’s support of the years.

Thank you Manassas and Historic Manassas for your support. God has blessed us in so many way.

Th new brewpub from BadWolf and CJ Finz comes after economic development officials announced a $10,000 grant to help the owners of Sinistral Brewing, located nearby and slated to open later this summer. 

CJ Finz is located in Downtown at 9413 West Street. BadWolf has two locations: Big Bad Wolf at 8420 Kao Circle, and Little Badwolf at 9776 Center Street in Manassas.


Zandras collects ‘more than 50 coats’


Zandra’s Taqueria once again invited the community to join in the “Warm Up the Community” clothing drive, held in conjunction with the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. The eatery collected more than 50 coats, along with numerous scarves, hats, socks and gloves during the drive, which is now in its third year.

Zandra’s donated the clothing, along with proceeds from its sales of hot chocolate and coffee during the event, to SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS). NVFS is the largest private, nonprofit human service organization in Northern Virginia, and addresses the challenges of systemic poverty on the community.

To encourage donations, Zandra’s offered anybody who dropped off warm clothing–such as coats, hats and gloves–a voucher good for one free taco.


KO Distilling Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin marks 1 year in ABC stores

KO Distilleries
Submitted by KO Distilling in Manassas: 
January 1 is the official anniversary of our Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin being sold in VA ABC stores. We started 2016 with 100 stores selling our gin, and we have grown to distribution in 139 stores throughout the Commonwealth.  To support our sales, we have conducted 307 in-store tastings and have provided tastings to 7,960 people during the year at these events.  In 2017, we plan on continuing these tastings each month so keep your eyes out for one of our team members who will also be sampling our Bare Knuckle American Wheat Whiskey in many of the same stores.
In December, we were able to get new placements at the following Virginia restaurants:  Sea Pearl, Vola’s, Fish Market, Sweetfire Donnas, Field & Main, Sense of Thai, Blu 1681, Captain Gregory’s, and Okra’s Cajun Creole.  We will be conducting tastings in 15 VA ABC stores throughout the state in January.  

Dykstra does Dixie Bones


Former D.C. United player and Woodbridge native Andrew Dykstra stopped into Dixie Bones.


He had a 2 meat combo w/ ribs and pulled pork. Side of muddy spuds and collared greens. Pecan pie for dessert.

His waitress was Kiara Harris and he was joined by his  trainer William Keith Moser who is a DB regular, it was Dysktra’s first visit. 

Sweeto Burrito adding two new locations in Prince William


LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Sweeto Burrito will expand in Prince William County.

Two new locations — one at Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge and the second at Potomac Festival in Woodbridge, across from Potomac Mills mall — should be open by February, said Sweeto Burrito Virginia Director of Operations Micheal Wetherill.

The new restaurants will be the second and third locations in Virginia. The fast-food chain opened its first store at Staples Mill shopping center at the intersection of Minnieville and Spriggs roads in 2015.

The company plans to open as many as 26 locations across the state within the next 10 years but doesn’t expect to open more in Prince William after February, according to Wetherill.

The Lake Ridge location will open where a Jerry’s Subs and Pizza was located. The Woodbridge location will open in a space once occupied by Golden Tech Computers, which relocated next to Outback Steakhouse. 

The North Dakota-based company began as a food truck in 2011 before franchise rights to the business were sold. Burritos on the menu feature meats like beef, chicken, steak, and bacon, and other ingredients like eggs, tater tots, onion rings, and siracha sauce.

The most popular item on the menu in Dale City is the Carnivore, a burrito with steak, chicken, bacon, pepper jack cheese, white rice, cilantro ranch, and siracha sauce, said Wetherill.


Wetherill called us Thursday and told us the company could open more locations in Prince William County following the opening of its new stores in Lake Ridge and Woodbridge. 

Okra’s expanding to Virginia Oaks golf course in Gainesville



Okra’s® Cajun/Creole restaurant Cajun/Creole restaurant, an Old Town Manassas anchor, will soon be opening a second location at the Virginia Oaks Golf Club in Gainesville.

New owners of the property have taken action to make the club a special place again by adding a proven golf management team and by recruiting Okra’s, a regional favorite in dining and nightlife to their team.

[Okra’s founder Charles] Gilliam started the brand in 1998 and its fame has grown ever since. The restaurant will be serving lunch and dinner daily and its menu will be in keeping with the original restaurant’s Cajun/Creole roots.

N’Awlins Fare such as Jambalaya, Shrimp and Grits, Red Beans and Rice, Po Boys, and their Famous Gumbo will be offered along with signature appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

Diners will enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner atop a waterfall overlooking an island green. The setting for the new location is secluded and a little off the beaten path, which simply lends to its charm and appeal. In addition to daily operations, large indoor and outdoor banquet facilities are available at Okra’s® Bistro for weddings, banquets, and golf tournaments.

Okra’s® will be hiring a full complement of staff to include every position. Although filling management positions is the current priority, resumes and applications are being accepted now with an anticipated opening date sometime in early Spring. Fifty full and part-time jobs are expected to be added to our economy.


Smoothie King in Manassas has expansion plans in Prince William County


MANASSAS, Va. — The owners of Smoothie King in Manassas plan to expand into Prince William County. 

Franchise owners Jamie and Tim Smith plan to open a new location in Bristow Center at the corner of Nokesville and Linton Hall roads, and another location in Haymarket. 

More from a post on the company’s Facebook page: 

“New Smoothie Kings Coming Soon – UPDATE: Our Bristow Center location will open in late January or early February (sorry, construction delays). Plus we are very close to finalizing our Haymarket Village Center location (Walmart shopping center at Rt.15 & I66) and expect it to open in the spring. Thanks to all our Smoothie Fans that have made Manassas a huge success and allowing us to expand.”

Jamie Smith told Potomac Local that she and Tim had plans to expand to more locations at the time they opened their first store in Manassas. 

“We opened Manassas in July 2015 and it’s had been very successful. We did have plans to expand, but certainly not if consumers hadn’t support us as well as they have. Manassas loves our smoothies and so will the rest of northwestern Prince William County. We have hopes to expand past these three in the future too, including a Gainesville and second Manassas location.”

Rangoli Indian cuisine opens in Manassas


Here’s our story on Manassas City’s only Indian restaurant. 

Rangoli to hold grand opening Monday, will be only Indian restaurant in Manassas


Rangoli will celebrate its grand opening on Monday, Nov. 21 as the only Indian cuisine restaurant in Manassas.

The full-service restaurant relocated to the city after opening in Loudoun County 10 years ago. Owner Kumar Iyer said his fans have followed him to Manassas but were sad to see him close his old restaurant.

“I announced that we’re closing on Facebook and we got 400 comments,” said Iyer. “They did not want to see us go.”

The rising cost of rent was the reason for his departure from Loudoun. “You can’t be the rents here in Manassas,” he said.

The restaurant features a full bar, a lunch buffet, and catering services. It’s located next to the Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center on Route 28, in the same space as the short-lived Paradise Donuts shop that opened last year.

With 3,800 square feet of space, his new location is 65% larger than his previous space. The restaurant features a full-service dining area, full bar, and a lunch buffet.

Rangoli has been able to expand its catering offerings for special events and weddings in recent years. The new, larger restaurant could allow them to grow that side of the business even more.

“The Indian population has increased,” explained Iyer. “The first wave of people who came here in the 1980s and 90s, their children are now getting married, and the venues don’t offer Indian cuisine, so that’s when they call us to come and cater.”

Iyer, 44, has 27 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. After graduating from a technical school in India with a degree in hospitality management, Iyer scored a job on Royal Carribean Cruise lines working as an assistant beverage manager.

Later, he worked for the corporate restaurant chain TGIFridays before setting out on his own to opening Rangoli.

Rangoli is located at 10233 Nokesville Road in Manassas. A ribbon-cutting event will take place November 21 at 11 a.m.

The restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For dinner, Rangoli is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Zandra’s Taqueria honors ‘Day of the Dead’ with free tacos



Don’t let the name fool you—Day of the Dead is not a morbid holiday, explains Miguel Pires, owner of Zandra’s Taqueria in Old Town Manassas. Rather, the holiday is a festive celebration honoring loved ones that are no longer with us. Family and friends come together for feasts, dancing and to make offerings to the deceased, such as sugar skulls and service in the form of cleaning and decorating grave sites. Pires says that it is in this celebratory spirit that he invites the community to gather at his taqueria and bar for a Day of the Dead charity event.

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, Zandra’s will be collecting food and raising money for SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), the largest private, nonprofit human service organization in Northern Virginia. NVFS addresses the challenges of systemic poverty on the community.

Each patron who donates nonperishable food items that evening will receive a voucher for a free taco, and the restaurant will also donate $1 from every margarita sale to SERVE. Additionally, the musical guest, Purpose, is donating its performance proceeds to SERVE.

Zandra’s Taqueria is located at 9114 Center Street in Manassas. For directions and menu items, visit or call 571-359-6767.

Aroma Wine Tasting opens in Downtown Manassas offering tastings from Morais Vineyards and Winery


Aroma Wine Tasting is now open in Downtown Manassas. 

Here’s a bit about the new shop and its owners from Tasting Room Manager Ashley Mackaravitz: 

Potomac Local: What is Aroma Wine Tasting? Please tell us what customers should expect when they come to visit you.

Mackaravitz: Aroma is a satellite location for our main winery located in Bealeton,VA. Not a bar and not a restaurant, we want to offer a completely unique experience. Expect a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere where one can enjoy a tasting, glass or bottle of our award winning wine. We offer a variety of packages cheeses, meats and crackers pair with our wines.

Potomac Local: Who is behind Aroma Wine Tasting?

Mackaravitz: Jose Morais, owner of Morais Vineyards and Winery in Bealeton, VA

Potomac Local: Why did you want to open this new business in Downtown Manassas?

Mackaravitz: We wanted to offer both the local residents of Manassas as well folks from the DC metro area, an opportunity to conveniently enjoy a relaxing experience reminiscent of the Vineyards but without the hassle of the travel time.

Potomac Local: What makes you different from a winery?

Mackaravitz: A winery is where the wine is made. Aroma is simply a tasting bar which exclusively serves wine from Morais Vineyards and Winery.

Potomac Local: Do you have regular specials or events?

Mackaravitz: We offer Happy Hour on Fridays and are introducing Ladies Night on Thursdays. Additionally, from time to time we will offer special events.

Aroma Wine Tasting is located at 9249 Center Street in Downtown Manassas.

Active Prince William Bikes and Beers social and bike ride in Lake Ridge on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

Waters End Brewery in Lake Ridge is hosting the Bikes and Beers Social.


Come hang out, have a beer flight, and chat about bikes and biking in Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park. This social event organized by Active Prince William  will be at the recently opened Waters End Brewery in Lake Ridge, the first brewery in the area that you can safely bike and walk to. The event is FREE! PLUS: FREE Door Prize Raffles FREE Bike Valet Parking PRE-EVENT RIDE WITH POTOMAC PEDALERS 11:00 AM 12.5 miles The route will be only mildly hilly, following mostly quiet streets through Lake Ridge and Woodbridge. Meet in Waters End Brewery parking lot (in Dillingham Square).

For more info visit:


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