Anyone who went to Their Majesties’ Royall College or who otherwise spent much time in Williamsburg knows about Sal’s by Victor, the landmark Italian restaurant at the Williamsburg Shopping Center on Richmond Road.
An electrical fire destroyed Sal’s a year ago, and owner Victor Minichiello just reopened in his original location.
But in the interim he operated out of La Scala, a nearby joint which he later leased to a couple called the Salihs. The lease included a noncompete that forbid the operation of an Italian restaurant on the site within six months of Sal’s reopening. Minichiello recently filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Salihs in an effort to protect his business and enforce the noncompete.
According to The Virginia Gazette, the suit suggests the Salihs saw the success of Sal’s and wanted to open a similar business.
The parties may be in the process of working things out. The couple took “pizza” off their main sign. And the Gazette reports that as of last week, the Salihs’ business had a sign that read:
Seafood, Greek and More
Nothing Italian about that.
Mrs. Salih said the couple was renaming their place “Salih’s Greek and Moroccan Restaurant.” Nothing Italian about that either. If it all works out, Minichiello said he would withdraw the lawsuit.