One of Lake Anne's oldest restaurants, Jasmine Cafe, unexpectedly closed
last week Tuesday afternoon. Our BFFs at Reston Now say that the landlord locked the restaurant out, putting up business-friendly "no trespassing" signs. Give us some good blockquote:
Chef and owner Eduardo Faubert says he was just made aware of the situation Wednesday afternoon. He said he did not close the restaurant and the lock was placed by the property owner. Faubert says he does owe the owner some money, but hopefully the situation will be settled quickly.Times, they are a-changin' at the Plaza. In February, we learned that Lake Anne Pharmacy, the last of the Plaza's original businesses, is under contract to be sold. But some things never seem to change -- other, newer (and occasionally more eyebrow-raising) businesses have tried to break into the Plaza, only to run into problems with landlords. In fact, the county's 2009 report on the Plaza's retail woes singles out multiple commercial landlords, low expectations, and "lease structures that don't match up with commensurate sales volumes" as reasons for the frequent turnover. With new development coming, that may change, but in the meantime, we'll miss one of the Plaza's oldest businesses.
A shout-out to Faubert was posted on Lake Anne Plaza's Facebook Page:
Owner Chef Eduardo Faubert has been a 25 year member of the Lake Anne community who's warmth and charm will be missed. We wish Eduardo the very best and hope that he is able to work things out successfully.As do we.