Closed: Champps Americana at Plaza America

by Karen Goff October 31, 2013 at 10:46 am 5,856 15 Comments

champpsChampps Americana, the large sports bar and restaurant at Reston’s Plaza America, abruptly closed its doors on Wednesday.

“Due to unfortunate circumstances, we have had to make the hard decision to permanently close this location,” a sign posted on the door says. “Champps Reston has been around for 17 years and has formulated so very many unique bonds with the business and suburban community. For this we want to say thank you for supporting us for such a long period and we bid you farewell.”

A skeleton staff was already in place Thursday morning stripping sports memorabilia and flat screen TVs from the walls as a crew removed the outside sign. Management had no comment.

No word yet on what might be going into the very large corner space at Plaza America. Champps is a national chain with three other Virginia locations.

Reston is about to become a crowded sports bar area as Glory Days will open at Northpoint and World of Beer will open at Reston Town Center in 2014.

  • Agnes Nutter

    I heard that Lakeside Inn closed suddenly and recently as well…

    • Karen Goff

      Yes, last day for Lakeside was Oct. 20. No word on what is going in there yet.

    • Don Collins

      Correct, it closed last Saturday at 3:00pm. I was told by the staff that a neighbor was complaining about the noise and somehow got the Reston Association on his side even though he moved in after the Inn was already in operation for many years. The association passed some kind of rule that they would have to close by 10:00pm. That won’t work for a bar oriented restaurant.

      • Karen Goff

        Yes, Lakeside closed on Oct. 20. But the part about RA passing an ordinance is not true.

        • Tim Barwick

          Thanks Karen!

  • Antwoine Pennix

    We had a good thing going there. We were the number 1 spot in the area and on the brink of expansion. We were so good that we were made into a training store for all the new managers to be placed and all they did was try to change what we were doing and how we worked. Classic if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and the place has been a ghost town for the last 7 years. Awesome thursdays and New Years jams.

    • Karen Goff

      Antwoine – were you an employee there? can you tell me whether they gave you any advance notice?

      • disqus_qJPBWzDKzy

        No. No employee was given advance notice. We were offered the opportunity to transfer to Fairoaks or Pentagon if they could take us. Or we could opt for a pitiful severance package, if one had been with the company for a year or more.

        • That’s really an awful way to go about things. The Reston location was company-owned. Someone knew that the restaurant was closing. To not give the employees, whose livelihood depends on the operation of the restaurant, some advance notice that the place would be closing, is really not how to treat people. It really shows what kind of company Champps is and makes you want to think twice before going to patronize another location, if this is how they treat their employees.

  • mike

    It was built on an Indian grave yard.

    • mike

      They have to relocate over 300 bodies

  • Andrea Marie Gidusko

    I helped open this place in May of 1996. Those were some good times filled with good memories. I was there for four years and they were some of the best times of my life. I’m very saddened to hear about this.

  • Shanen Elliott

    How bout a Dogfishhead coming in? It’s the perfect space with the large bar and kitchen, and it certainly did well in Chantilly and reinvigorated that shopping center.

    • bobfv1

      That would be glorious Somebody let Dogfish Head know!

  • Lori

    Please share the Champps french onion soup recipe!!!!! It was my favorite and now I’ll never have another bowl. 🙁


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