FALLS CHURCH, VA – Harvey’s, a new restaurant in Falls Church serving American cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, opened on Monday, giving area residents a new option for breakfast, lunch and dinner .
The restaurant has 48 seats in the main dining room and a 12-seat beer and wine bar. Harvey’s also has a patio that seats 60 in all seasons and plenty of free parking behind the restaurant at 513 W. Broad Street.
The counter-service restaurant offers a wide selection of dishes, from sandwiches to homemade pasta dishes and wood-fired roast chicken, as well as different types of Harvey’s burgers. Breakfast prices range from $7 to $12, sandwiches from $8 to $15, entrees from $14 to $28, and desserts from $4 to $12.
“We put our own little spin on things. Everybody has cheesesteaks. We just make ours a beer cheesesteak,” Harvey chef and owner Thomas Harvey told Patch.
Harvey, who most recently served as executive chef of Tuskie’s Restaurant Group before opening Harvey’s, also pointed to some fun family recipes on the menu like Toad In the Hole…On a Stick, a fried bratwurst in Yorkshire pudding.
“We’re not reinventing the wheel,” Harvey said. “We only make fun foods that I grew up on.”
One of the desserts on the menu is a honey cake, a recipe from his wife passed down from his mother. It’s about 10 layers, with graham crackers and buttercream soaking in.
Local artists have created murals and chalkboards which, combined with the furniture and decor, make this a cozy place to enjoy a meal at the table or at the bar.
Harvey’s also has a retail market where customers can pick up prepared food and a drink and take it back to the office or home. The market also features specialty meats from regional farmers, including Seven Hills Foods in Lynchburg, Epic Curing in DC, and Sylvanaqua Farms in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Harvey’s offers an extensive wine list, as well as beers to drink in and take away. The restaurant will eventually have a monthly wine club with memberships offering special in-house discounts. Wines from Old and New World winemakers will be showcased, along with local offerings.
The beer menu will be primarily made up of local brews, with a few select craft brews from other regions.
Harvey graduated from L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 2012 and went to work for James Beard award-winning chef and owner Frank Ruta at his restaurant, Palena. He was butcher and sous-chef of Ruta.
A year later, Harvey joined the opening team of the Casa Luca restaurant, as head chef, where he learned cooking and management under Italian chef and owner Fabio Trabbochi.
From there he joined Tuskie’s Restaurant Group as Executive Chef, where he oversaw the operations of Tuscarora Mill, South Street Under Deli-Bakery and Fire Works Pizza in Leesburg, Fire Works in Sterling, Magnolias at the Mill in Purcellville and Fireworks American Pizzeria. and Bar in Arlington.
Opening a new restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy, Harvey said. After leasing the location on W. Broad Street, the pandemic caused delays in construction and equipment orders.
“We struggled to build. We were hoping it would be done faster,” Harvey said. “But when we stand here and see what it is, it was worth the wait.”
Harvey’s is located at 513 W. Broad St., Falls Church. Parking is available behind the restaurant in a car park and garage.