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Atilla's Restaurant (Little Tavern)

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Little Tavern
c. 1940, George E. V. Stone. 3125 Wilson Blvd. (corner of N. Herndon St. and Wilson Blvd.)
  • Atilla's Restaurant (Little Tavern) (Bill Sublette)

Little Taverns abounded in the Washington–northern Virginia area in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Predecessors to the vast chains of fast-food outlets, they offered five-cent hamburgers as their staple. The company tried a comeback in the 1980s but failed. Still visible in this survivor is the imagery of the small, humble tavern with tall roofs, incongruously carried out in white porcelain panels for the walls and green Texaco service-station-style trim. The Little Tavern was produced primarily by Luther Reason Ray's Structural Porcelain Enamel Company from a prototype design created by George E. V. Stone in 1931.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Atilla's Restaurant (Little Tavern)", [Arlington, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 52-52.

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