If you know Del Ray, then you know Al’s Steak House. The local eatery has been famous for its cheese steaks in Alexandria, Virginia, for over a half a century. Since the death of long-time owner, John Severson, last August 2015, who acquired the steak house from Al (Martino) himself in the mid-1960’s; running the small business has not been easy. On July 6, 2016, after restructuring ownership and management, as well as the largest remodeling project the landmark has ever known; the decades old establishment burst into flames on its first day after reopening. Del Ray, as a community—in its entirety—is responding. Severson’s son Bo goes on the record, in depth, for the first time. He’s joined by Del Ray Business Association’s president, Bill Blackburn.