North Stafford has slowly added restaurants to the menu over the past few years, but residents will soon see an explosion of new options up and down Garrisonville Road — all of them opening their first Stafford locations.
Northern Virginia-based Italian restaurant Paisano's is under construction at Stafford Marketplace, in a space a few doors down from the Shoppers grocery store. This will be one of six locations opening this year.
The former day care center that has stood long-vacant on Garrisonville Road near Umi and Chick-filA is finally ready for development. Panda Express purchased the site at 318 Garrisonville Road last year for a new Chinese restaurant with a drive-thru. The site was recently cleared and signs are already up promoting the planned building.
With work widening Garrisonville Road completed, construction equipment has returned to the site of The Garrison at Stafford. The mixed-used development is planned in the 400 block of Garrisonville Road.
Tenant announcements have included Regal Cinemas and two high-profile new dining options: LongHorn Steakhouse and The Olive Garden.
Those options might be new to the menu in Stafford, but diners are likely still familiar with the names. One that might be a fresh face: Sweeto Burrito.
The restaurant offers the burrito experience guests might expect at Chipotle or Moe’s, but with a few unique options, like tater tots and french fries wrapped into the burrito.
Competing with hundreds of restaurants in Prince William County, first-time restaurateur Michael Sarago chose an unorthodox location for his first Sweeto Burrito franchise three years ago: a small strip mall on Minnieville Road that’s convenient for people who live around the corner, but it’s not in a busy part of the community looking for passersby.
The restaurant found a following and Sarago eventually added two more locations nearby, one in the bustling Potomac Mills shopping district and another along busy Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge.
With his fourth location, expected to open this September in North Stafford, Sarago went back to his roots. The restaurant is one of the first tenants in the new shopping center at the Walmart Neighborhood Market — one of the last commercial strips on the west end of Garrisonville Road.
The spot may be several miles from North Stafford’s busy commercial district off Interstate 95, but that’s part of the appeal for Sarago, who was looking for something closer to eaters and not particularly closer to traffic.
“Once we all get home, we really don’t want to get back out into traffic,” he said.
Sarago is getting a strong response from the community in Stafford, with questions about the business and inquiries about employment since the sign went up earlier this summer.
As development continues in North Stafford, Sweeto Burrito may not be the last restaurant you find on Garrisonville for very long