Romano’s Macaroni Grill at the Spectrum has closed its doors.
The restaurant, located at 1845 Fountain Dr., closed Thursday, a company spokesman said after the closure was first reported by Restonian.org. The spokesman did not give a reason why.
Macaroni Grill was acquired by Ignite Restaurant Group this year, and many branches nationwide have been closed in a cost-cutting measure.
Also, The Spectrum, like several other Reston shopping centers, is scheduled to undergo a major renovation in the next few years. The Spectrum is owned by Lerner Enterprises.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the overhaul in early 2013.
The future plan for The Spectrum includes 774,879 square feet of non-residential use; 1,422 multifamily residential units (with 12 percent set aside for affordable housing) in seven new residential buildings; 38 percent open space; underground and structure parking; LEED certifications; two new east-west streets and expanded bike trails and pedestrian access.
It will be divided this way:
Land Bay A (where Best Buy and The Container Store are located) is planned for 546 dwelling units, 255 hotel rooms, 172,000 square feet of office, and 62,500 square feet of retail uses.
Land Bay B (where PetSmart and On the Border are located) is planned for 643 dwelling units, 270 hotel rooms, and 48,650 square feet of retail uses.
Land Bay C (where Harris Teeter is located) is planned for 237 residential units and 134,896 square feet of retail and bank uses. Only Harris Teeter will remain — and expand into the current Office Depot space — in the redevelopment.
Additionally, Land Bay B will wrap around the planned 23-story office tower at Bowman Towne Drive and Reston Parkway. That building, which will contain retail and 18 stories of offices, was approved by the supervisors in September 2012.
A real estate source previously said that The Spectrum redevelopment could take 10 years, and that stand-alone buildings such as Macaroni Grill’s would likely be the first to go.
Macaroni Grill was one of the original tenants of The Spectrum, which opened in the mid-1990s.
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