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Two new restaurants may replace Generous George's

Monday - 10/24/2011, 5:43am  ET

Generous Georges (WTOP Photo/Ed Kelleher)
Generous George's was an Alexandria institution until it closed in 2009. It has another location in Herndon. (WTOP Photo/Ed Kelleher)

Colleen Kelleher,

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- An Alexandria restaurant that closed in 2009 after 32 years of operation could reopen as two food joints -- one serving American cuisine and the other beignets, coffee and hot dogs.

The pink building in the 3000 block of Duke Street that used to be Generous George's Positive Pizza and Pasta Place may reopen as Ginny's Restaurant and the Esquire Dog.

The proposal that's on the table calls for Ginny Restaurant to be in the part of the building that faces Duke Street. Ginny's would be a "high-end casual establishment emphasizing American cuisine with Southern flavors," according to a Special Use Permit filed with Alexandria's Planning and Zoning Department.

The restaurant would be smaller than Generous George's, with seating for about 150 people, roughly 100 less than the previous restaurant.

The Esquire Dog would be a takeout in the lower part of the restaurant. In the Special Use Permit, Kendle C. Bryan seeks to open the takeout at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. The Esquire Dog would sell beignets, deep-fried doughnuts popular in New Orleans, just a couple of doors down from Dunkin Donuts. The takeout also would sell artisan hot dogs and sausages, as well as French fries.

Both the restaurant and takeout could prove to be popular when the Witter Fields project is finished. The softball fields are under construction just a couple of blocks from the restaurant.

The last day to tell the Alexandria Planning and Zoning Department what you think of the proposed restaurant and takeout is Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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