Provided by City of Manassas Department of Economic Development
Seven City of Manassas-based businesses took home 2022 Prince William Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and the City announced that SEMIFREDDO Italian Cuisine is the 2022 Manassas Business of the Year.
The awards were presented to the best of the local business community on Feb. 24, 2022 at the 12th annual business awards dinner, hosted by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce at Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club.
Manassas City-based businesses took home six of the nine competitive awards at the annual Chamber awards event, including:
- Excellence in Small Business (1-10 employees) – Transaction Expert
- Business Excellence (11+ employees) – Chantilly Air
- Emerging Business – Commonwealth Aviation
- Innovation in Hospitality & Tourism – Zandra’s Taqueria
- Tech Company of the Year – BAE Systems
- Community Outreach – Three Monkeys Pub & Chophouse
This year, the City of Manassas Business of the Year award went to SEMIFREDDO Italian Cuisine. After years of serving in top kitchens across the region, Head Chef and Owner Franklin Hernandez opened SEMIFREDDO in 2020 in the Canterbury Village Shopping Center on Sudley Road. Just over a year later, Chef Franklin and his team completed an expansion to the dining area to accommodate larger groups and events. SEMIFREDDO has been ranked among the best authentic Italian restaurants in the region, making
the list of Northern Virginia Magazine’s ‘Best Restaurants of 2021’ and earning countless high marks from visitors.
SEMIFREDDO’s emergence has highlighted a growing restaurant and dining scene in the City of Manassas. In 2021, there was record retail growth in the City’s commercial corridors as well as its Historic Downtown fueled by Manassas’ combination of quality of life, local amenities, and City programs supporting small and commercial businesses.
“Once again the City’s Chamber member businesses dominated at the awards event. Manassas works very hard at attracting new businesses like SEMIFREDDO, but we work even harder to support our existing businesses like these award winners. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners,” says Patrick Small, Director of Economic Development with the City.
“The nominees and winners from the City represent a diverse mix of business and industry that reflects our community”, says Manassas Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger. “The Manassas City Council and staff work very hard to create an operating environment that allows companies like these to thrive. I was especially pleased to be able to recognize my friend Chef Franklin and his family at SEMIFREDDO and to support all the winners at this amazing event.”