Via NoVA Magazine
Del Ray’s Reserve 2216 closed quietly on Saturday. It was their last night in operation at their current address (2216 Mount Vernon Ave.) above sister restaurant Del Ray Pizza. Regulars will be relieved to know the restaurant focused on Southern-leaning food such as hot chicken and fried green tomatoes will only temporarily shutter as they seek a new location in the same area. “We’re really looking forward to finding a space and signing a lease soon,” says chef Eric Reid.
The reason for the move was two-fold. With just 30 seats, the restaurant’s popularity outgrew its capacity (They received a nod in our 2015 50 Best Restaurants). Second, there were zoning headaches. “We’ve had some zoning issues because the city was looking at us [Reserve 2216 and Del Ray Pizza] as two completely different restaurants, saying we have to have our own special uses, like off-street parking spaces,” Reid explains. “The timing worked out perfectly, with zoning issues coming up and us needing to expand into a bigger place.”
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