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In Fredericksburg, Restaurant Row is poised to grow
A German restaurant with outdoor seating in the back is expected to open next spring on William Street in downtown Fredericksburg.
The restaurant, called Deutschland Downtown, is going into a building at 411–413 William St. that Habalis Construction Inc. is now renovating.
Denise Antinori bought the 19th-century building last year and has been working with Habalis to bring it up to modern standards. Her husband, who has Bavarian heritage, will be the chef at Deutschland Downtown.
To spread the word about the spring opening, Antinori and her husband have started a Deutschland Downtown food trailer.
It’s at Hurkamp Park in the mornings and early afternoons most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Bratwurst and weisswurst served with sauerkraut and homemade German mustard and ketchup are among the featured items.
Deutschland Downtown will likely be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Antinori said. It won’t be a late-night destination.
The building renovation project has been extensive. Crews have had to remove the street-level floor, dig out a foot and a half of dirt, and pour a new concrete slab to strengthen the building. Virginia Partners Bank is financing the project.
Fredericksburg’s Architectural Review Board this past week approved plans that will allow Habalis to tear down a two-story addition on the rear of the building. The addition has no foundation and is visibly sagging. Wood from the demolished space will be used for floors and furniture in the restaurant.
Bathrooms and a courtyard in the back will take the place of the addition. There will be some parking off the alley at the back of the property, and a handicap entrance and a walkway to the rear courtyard from the side alley off William Street.
Antinori had originally planned to also open a deli and market at the William Street property, but those plans are not part of the initial opening this spring. She’d still like to do those projects down the road.
Habalis is also restoring the second and third floors of the building. An apartment on each level will be available for rent starting this spring.
Antinori works in Northern Virginia, grew up in the Fredericksburg area and now lives downtown near the planned German restaurant.
Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405