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Alexandria Institution Shuttering

theoneontheleft Sep 21, 2009 11:53 AM

Driving down Duke Street at lunchtime today, it appeared the Alexandria location of Generous George's Positive Pizza has closed. Moving trucks and a "building for sale" sign in front, workers disassembling the large nutcracker soldier by the front door, and a "Visit Us at Our Herndon Location" on the marquee. Too bad -- GG's went downhill a lot in the lost few years (to the point that we no longer recommended it to visiting friends), but it was always reassuring to see it there.

  1. monkeyrotica Sep 22, 2009 07:14 AM

    I was just there a few weeks ago for lunch. The place was empty except for a half dozen kids and their parents, yet the service was pathetically slow. Got a large with everything and a schooner of beer and it was all just fine. Sometimes you don't want a NY slice or a Chicago deep dish or some gourmet pie.

    My understanding is that this isn't necessarily a recent economy thing, so much as a series of poor financial decisions by management. At one point in the 1980s, there were talks to license a brand of frozen pizza, but that deal fell through over QC issues.

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    1. re: monkeyrotica
      ChewFun Sep 22, 2009 08:16 AM

      I will not cry over the loss.

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      EatOrGoToYourRoom Sep 21, 2009 03:46 PM

      A lot of memories from a long time span for me as well. Sad to see it go. The place had a special character that I'll miss. The food wasn't fantastic, in my opinion, but there were times when it was exactly what I wanted

      I think George's family pretty much grew up in one of the buildings that eventually comprised part of the restaurant. So I guess he might have owned the land and got an offer he couldn't refuse. He used to be at the restaurant quite a lot, but I'd heard he moved to South Beach several years ago and I've not seen him there in a while.

      Or perhaps business tailed off and he just had to shut it down. Whatever the reason, I'll miss it.

      1. Bonz Sep 21, 2009 01:39 PM

        What memories Generous George's holds for me! I guess the lo-carb craze did them in . . .

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