Miguel Pires, the owner of Zandra’s Taqueria in Haymarket, said he was confused at first why so many customers were flocking to his restaurant in mid-November.
“Then the management team basically told me I was getting all these vouchers coming in,” Pires said.
In early November, the town printed and mailed four $25 vouchers to each of its 460 residences as part of its financial assistance program called “Helping Haymarket” – or just over 1,800 vouchers altogether. The program, which ended Dec. 5, allowed residents to use the vouchers like cash at any of 20 participating town businesses.
The popular Old Town restaurant is planning to add a roof deck, complete with a full-service bar, to the top of its building. Rather than reopening its indoor dining room at limited capacity, as is now allowed under the state’s reopening guidelines, owner Miguel Pires has decided to maintain kitchen operations for take-out and delivery while gutting the inside of the 116-year-old building to allow for the addition on top. There will also be a covered staircase added to the exterior of the building.
Last month, the city’s Architecture Review Board recommended that the alterations be approved, and Pires is hoping to have the dining room reopened and the roof deck completed by the fall, though he said those plans may be delayed in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence.
Haymarket, VA - February 25, 2019 – Fueled by the popularity and success of their casual taco and tequila concept, Zandra’s Taqueria is proud to announce the coming Grand Opening of their new location in Haymarket.
The new location, to open in summer 2019, is currently taking shape at 14600 Washington Street. The facility is a transformation from the former PACE West school to a large multi-use facility envisioned by Manassas firm Loveless Porter Architects. The restaurant will feature a large patio for outdoor dining, as well as the food and beverage selection that has made Zandra’s a local favorite.
“We’ve wanted to open a location in Haymarket for quite some time”, says Miguel Pires, owner of Zandra’s Taqueria. “The new space is perfect for keeping the vision for our restaurant concept, and we’re very excited to see it all take shape.”
Pires continued that the style of Zandra’s is a perfect fit for the Haymarket community – relaxed dining with a menu of expertly crafted and made-to-order tacos, salads, fajitas and more. As with the Manassas and Fairfax locations, there will be a craft beer menu to satisfy any palette and an extensive selection of cocktails.
To follow the development of the new Haymarket location, and be the first to know about the announcement of their Grand Opening, visit http://zandrastacos.com or follow Zandra’s on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/zandrastacos/. Can’t wait until the Haymarket location opens this summer? Get a “preview” by visiting the original Zandra’s Taqueiria at 9114 Center Street in Manassas or the Fairfax location at 3950 University Drive Suite 210.
ABOUT ZANDRA’S TAQUERIA: Voted Best Mexican Restaurant in Northern Virginia in 2017 and 2018 by Virginia Living Magazine, Zandra’s Taqueria is a contemporary-American restaurant offering handcrafted, gourmet tacos made with fresh, local ingredients. A lively atmosphere is complemented by popular menu items that include the Al Pastor, a taco stuffed with pork shoulder and topped with the sweet and savory combination of grilled pineapple, onion and cilantro. Tempura Shrimp Tacos are another fan favorite, with a crispy, tangy fusion of tempura shrimp and sweet chili sauce finished with house made cabbage slaw and refreshing pico de gallo. Founded in 2014, Zandra’s is also known for its community involvement, which includes clothing drives benefiting Northern Virginia Family Services/SERVE. For more information, go to www.zandrastacos.com or call 571-359-6767. You can also follow @zandrastacos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Image Caption: The Zandra's Taqueria team celebrating its second "Best of Virginia Win." Zandra's is bringing its hand-rolled tacos to Haymarket this summer.