Downtown McLean Gets New Upscale Restaurant
By Bobbi Bowman, The McLean Ear
A new casual upscale restaurant is preparing to open in downtown McLean two days before Thanksgiving.
McLean 1910 is now nearing completion in the Langley Shopping Center. This is the newest venture of one of McLean’s best known businessmen, George Kapetanakis, who also owns the McLean Family Restaurant, long a McLean landmark.
The new restaurant will feature a modern American menu of seafood, meats, fruit and produce from local farms, said executive chef Gregory Webb. Dinner pricing will be about like this: Appetizers from $8 to $12, entrees from $16 to $34, and desserts from $6 to $8, Webb said.
“I think this is a good idea because McLean doesn’t have very good upscale restaurants,” said McLean resident Mohammad Fardanesh. “The ones that could be considered are in the (Tysons Corner) Mall. In the downtown area, there is no good restaurant.”
Brian Montgomery, assistant manager at Joseph A. Bank Clothier, also of McLean said, “There is no casual upscale restaurant. It would be nice to have something other than J. Gilbert’s.
“I love J. Gilberts and their martinis,” but he would like an alternative, he said. “This is a small town environment that has an existing renown restaurant specializing in wood fried steaks. A casual but upscale (restaurant) would compliment each other,” he said.
Kapetanakis has been working for most of the year to transform the former Three Pigs restaurant. “I like the location. It’s very visible from the street. I thought it would be good to have a second restaurant. I have two kids interested in the restaurant business,” Kapetanakis said, in July after winning the Restaurant of Year Award from the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce.
His vision: A restaurant open six days a week for lunch and dinner with brunch on Sunday. It will seat 85 people and have a bar area for about a dozen. He also likes the increased parking. The bar is yellow marble with a dark wood.
The tables and chairs are on the floor waiting to be unwrapped. The pots, pans silverware and other restaurant wares were delivered late last week. Webb called it Christmas.
He previously worked for the South City Restaurant Group in New York. He attended George Washington University. Now that he and his wife have a young child, they looked forward to raising their family in the suburbs away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, he said.
He said he will run a “from scratch kitchen” where he and the staff will make their own hamburgers, cure their own bacon, grind their own spices, make their own salad dressings and pastries.
Next door — plans to transform the former video store into the McLean Tavern project have been abandoned.