McLean Family Restaurant – Restaurant of the Year

George Kapetanakis, Restauranteur of the Year

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce annually  honors community and business leaders for their outstanding service to McLean. Sixteen men and women, our neighbors, received awards in a ceremony last week for their amazing work.  The Ear is profiling each of the 16 winners.

McLean Family Restaurant – Restaurant of the Year

MCLEAN, VA – Stating that the McLean Family Restaurant is the 2010 Restaurant of the Year is a bit misleading.  The McLean Family Restaurant, or MFR for locals, is an institution.  It really could be Restaurant of the Year every year because it is such a part of the fabric of the McLean community.  Children who spilled their food on the floor years ago are today having business meetings.  The food is great and reasonably priced.  The service is friendly.  For business meetings, social outings, or meals with family, MFR is part of McLean.  When students come back from college, part of their visit home is going to MFR because, “without a meal at MFR, their visit home would not be complete.”

Finally, MFR is Restaurant of the Year not only for being an incredible restaurant and gathering place, but also for what it does for the community.  They sponsor teams and contribute financially to McLean community organizations.  Although this award is Restaurant of the Year, we can all add the addendum that it is a perpetual award for MFR.

McLean Family Restaurant is owned and operated by George Kapetanakis.  He is currently working to transform the former Three Pigs restaurant in the Langley Shopping Center  into a casual upscale restaurant that he hopes to open in the fall.

George Kapetanakis and his son Nick

‘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, with son Nick at his side. Both Nick  and his sister Constance hold degrees in business from Marymount University.

Kapetanakis is currently working with a new chef on the menu for the new restaurant. “You have to experiment with a lot of foods,” he said.

The plans so far: 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 increase parking.

His landlord remains the same. The Smoot family, themselves a McLean institution, own both the Langley Shopping Center and the Salona Shopping Center. They two shopping centers are located on opposite side of Chain Bridge Road in downtown McLean.

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    [...] The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce annually  honors community and business leaders for their outstanding service to McLean. Sixteen men and women, our neighbors, received awards in a recent ceremony for their amazing work.  The Ear is profiling each of the 16 winners. The Chamber two Restaurants of the Year —- J. Gilbert’s and the McLean Family Restaurant. [...]

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