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This reopened Leesburg, VA, restaurant has attitude, a nice light menu, and a secret garden in back that features umbrella-covered tables, a bocce court, quiet fans to keep the insects away, and lots of attentive servers.

Shoes in historic Leesburg, VA, under the old shoe repairing sign is reopen?
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Go inside, order, then go through the alley and check out the Secret Garden.
C. Frye

The story behind the restaurant is that it really was once a shoe repair place. The neon shoes sign stayed up and the name just stuck. This historic district restaurant is a delight and well worth the sojourn for a light weekend brunch. They will fully open in September 2013 but are doing a "soft" opening until then.

There is an edgy attitude to this place as is evidenced by the sign in the front window warning that their first days open were when the restaurant wasn't really fully operational, but well why not give them a try. Don't be put off by it or the creepy, narrow alley to the Secret Garden. The garden is a hidden oasis filled with greenery that tops a brick patio and runs all the way back to a building numbered 17 3/4. Shoes is number 17 N King St. The garden is such a surprise it really is about as believable as stepping into a Harry Potter book and finding track 9 3/4.

Prices are moderate–from the $6 Sunday Mimosa to the $8 salmon on everything bagel–and the menu has something for everyone. So, don't be a muggle. Go try it and have some unexpected fun.

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