Kingstowne-area restaurant Walker’s Grille received a Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Award last month, and one of its owners said it’s all in keeping with the vision for the restaurant.
The establishment, co-owned by cousins Sam Misleh and Jason Musleh, opened in March 2011 and recently celebrated the recognition of being the first LEED Gold Certified restaurant in the Commonwealth.
Misleh, who, along with his cousin, is a veteran of the restaurant business, said it was his intention from the beginning to make his restaurant as environmentally conscious as possible.
Walker’s Grille implements a number of green initiatives, including using equipment that reduces energy and water consumption, a recycling program and sustainable building materials.
The owners also support local farmers and dairies and use all-natural beef and poultry products.
According to the nomination from the U.S. Green Business Council, “the Walker's Grille fit-out is a validation of how sustainable design and construction principles are not just reserved for traditional commercial office, institutional, and municipal construction but rather effective energy efficient and sustainable strategies that can be applied to all facilities, including the restaurant industry."
Misleh said he and Musleh were thrilled with the county’s award, and that Walker’s Grille was still striving to be better in every way each day.
“We’re not at the point where we need to be yet, but we’re thriving and we’re doing as much as we can to get there,” Misleh said. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback.”
Walker’s Grille specializes in American fare and is located at 6909 Metro Park Drive.