ALEXANDRIA, VA – Atlantis Restaurant owners Bill and Jim Patrianakos posted a sign on their window telling customers goodbye. The note said simply that “the pandemic has proven to be too difficult” and that on January 24, they would lock the doors forever on the iconic neighborhood family business.
Atlantis Restaurant, located in the Bradlee Shopping Center at 3648 King Street, has deep Greek and Italian roots that stretch back in the neighborhood for 38 years.
“We have so many, good, good neighbors. They come to patronize us 3-4 times a week over the years, but so many, they don’t want to go out. We tried for so many months. So much has changed in the restaurant industry because of the virus,” owner Bill Patrianakos told The Zebra this morning.
The sad news was broken Sunday on the social media site, nextdoor, when Del Ray resident Kate Reich posted about seeing the note in the window, “Atlantis Pizzeria & Family Restaurant is closing.”
“How very sad! Atlantis has been such an important institution to the neighborhood for so very long. This virus has devastated our community and our country. Our family cannot count the number of meals we have shared there for the last 20+ years. They have truly been a generational focal point for our community!” added Brett Melvin, a Seminary Hill resident.
When reached for comment, Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson told The Zebra, “It’s absolutely heartbreaking. Atlantis has been an institution in our City for a generation. In a community with constant change, Atlantis is a throw-back, a place that has bound the community. They will be missed.”