As we stated in June of 2015, Alexandria businessman Jeffrey L. Yates bought the building housing the old Generous Georges at 3000 Duke Street for $1.65 Million. Mr. Yates and his team then obtained approval of a Special Use Permit (SUP) (PDF) to open Yates Pizza Palace. Generous George’s was a popular spot for pizza parties and families for more than three decades before it closed in 2009 largely due to health problems of its owner.
As we told you in June 2015, Mr. Yates’ plan for the site was to keep a lot of what made Generous George’s so popular by offering pizza, pasta and sauces made from scratch. Mr. Yates told me at the time the aim was to provide the BEST New York-style pizza at the location.
After pouring $3 million+ into a complete remodel of the interior and exterior of the building, we were the only one’s to tell you that the building was privately on the market for $7 million back in 2017.
After Mr. Yates’ death in February, the Yates family has not commented on the future of Yates Pizza Palace. We can confirm the building, located at 3000-3012 Duke Street, remains for sale for an undisclosed sum. The building is also up for lease for $58 sq. ft. with a gross leasable area of 9,267 sq. ft. (approx. $45K a month). The Yates Pizza Palace listings have been active since June 2017.
The Yates Pizza Palace building takes up 198 feet of frontage along Duke Street and 27 on site parking spaces. The SUP allows for seating for 448 – with seating for 387 inside and rooftop seating for 61. The listings state there is seating for 425. The building has two kitchens, multiple bars on different levels, and approved valet parking, take-out and delivery.
What type of restaurant/business do you think will work here?