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Al’s Steaks Donating 65 Cents Per Cheesesteak

Al's Steak House has been a landmark in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia since 1955.

AL’s Steak House opened in 1955 and has been serving Philly-style cheese steak sub sandwiches ever since. (Courtesy photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Al’s Steak House, 1504 Mount Vernon Avenue,is celebrating 65 years as the “King of Cheesesteaks” by giving back.

To celebrate the milestone, Al’s is donating 65 cents for every sub sold during the month of January to Community Lodgings.

For over 30 years, Community Lodgings’ mission has been to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through Transitional Housing, Affordable Housing and our Youth Education Programs. They offer tutoring, counseling and many other support structures to these families.

Al’s has provided their annual children’s Christmas breakfast for the past few years and hopes to set some cheesesteak sales records to help support the organization.

About Al’s

Order them how you want them by adding lettuce and tomato or grilled onions and mushrooms and peppers at AL’s but the basics stay the same –great bread, seasoned meat and gooey cheese. (Photo: Al’s website)

Originally opened in 1955 by Al Martino, Al’s Steak House has been a landmark in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. When John Severson took over in 1965, the loyal customer base had grown dramatically. Al’s became known as the ‘go-to’ place to get the best Philly cheese steak sub in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.

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Sadly, John passed away on August 15th, 2015 after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. The business was closed for seven months until the Breeding Family decided to re-open with the help of John’s son, Bo.
Rebirth After Fire
After two months of renovations the steak house re-opened on July 6th, 2016. Just five hours after opening the doors, a customer noticed smoke coming from one of the light fixtures. The restaurant was evacuated immediately and the Alexandria Fire Department was called. Fortunately, no one was hurt during the incident but the restaurant was closed once again.
Al’s Steak House is located in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria at 1904 Mount Vernon Avenue. They are open Monday-Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday – Saturday 7 am to 8 pm, and Sundays 7 am to 4 pm. You can place your order for pickup at (703) 836-9443 or ask for delivery. For menu and more details, visit their website:


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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