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Closed: Reston’s Macaroni Grill

by Karen Goff December 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm 4,678 8 Comments

Macaroni Grill Reston/File photoRomano’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.

  • taffytoo

    boo hoo..loved it!..sad sad

  • Katherine

    Yes, and in the manner you have found out, their employees found out. This closure was horribly handled by macaroni grill. Many employees who have tenure nearing TWO DECADES were left hanging and only finding out by trying to open the door to start their work day. Horrible.

  • Jack Trenta

    All Romano’s Macaroni Grill restaurants were purchased recently by Ignite Restaurant Group that also
    owns two other concepts – Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern and Tap. They have been closing many of the poorer performing Macaroni locations (Silver Spring, Gaithersburg for example) and have decided to do the same with Reston. Word on the street is that they will convert it to a Brick House Tavern. Not really a step up or an exciting addition to the current restaurant scene in my opinion.

  • Drew

    Any word if Best Buy will return afterward?

  • Dexter Scott

    Meh. I never ate there.

    I never go to that plaza now that B&N is gone. The stuff Best Buy sells I will get online much cheaper. The restaurants are all mundane.

  • TheKingJAK

    I’m also a bit shocked that they plan to create hotel space within Spectrum. They’ve lost their minds. Between Chili’s and Macaroni Grill, this isn’t a positive harbinger for the community. I’ve witnessed other communities make some horrendous mistakes in the name of development, and it never turns out well in the end. There’s a time for letting developers push a community forward, but eventually they must be restrained lest a tipping point be attained.

    • Mike M

      “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the overhaul in early 2013.”

      Thank your local Democratic Party who, despite their humanistic articulation behaves just like a Mississippi town council all the same. Reston has been a free fire zone for developers since I can remember.

  • John P.

    Below is a fund to help the newly unemployed Macaroni Grill employees. Any help is appreciated. Thanks and Happy Holidays



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