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Reston Kabob Will Close to Make Way for JBG Development

by Karen Goff June 8, 2015 at 9:30 am 8,208 15 Comments

(Updated 11:20 a.m. Monday with quote from Reston Kabob owner)

Reston Kabob, a locally owned restaurant in the Reston International Center’s convenience center on Sunrise Valley Drive, will close its doors at the end of July, employees said.

The restaurant is the last remaining tenant at the convenience center located at 11844 Sunrise Valley Dr.

The 7-Eleven located two doors down from Reston Kabob closed its doors on May 31, and Sunrise Cleaners, located next door, also recently closed.

The departures are not a surprise as the area is slated for a massive redevelopment. Chili’s Bar & Grill across the parking lot closed late last year, and a Wells Fargo Bank branch has been empty since last August.

Reston Kabob’s Masoud Shoja says the restaurant is talking to dh  are in talks with property owner JBG about possibly returning once the project is complete.

“It’s more likely than not we will return,” he said. “However, the projected completion date is set for 2017-2018 and a lot can happen from now until then.”

The Shojas will still operate their other nearby restaurant, Grill Kabob, 905 Herndon Parkway.

Developer The JBG Companies is planning the second phase of its Reston Heights development, which will include a six-story residential building, a 15-story residential building, a five-story building that incorporates a parking garage with residences and retail space; and a 10-story building that mixes office space, parking and retail space.

The plan includes 145,000 square feet of above-grade retail, 100,00 square feet of below-grade retail, 428,225 square feet of office and 498 residential units.

No construction start date has been announced.

Plans call for a 15-story addition to the Reston International Center office tower, though JBG sold the building to American Real Estate Partners for $35 million February of this year.

JBG first had a plan for the area approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2008. That plan featured 498 residential units, 245,000 square feet of retail and nearly 430,000 square feet of office in six buildings.

In the newer plans, approved by the supervisors in 2013, the numbers are similar, but the design has changed to better engage with the surrounding environment.

Only the stand-alone Popeye’s will remain as a holdover from current tenants.

There will be an entrance to the development from the Reston Parkway side, something the area currently lacks.

In a presentation to the Reston Association Design Review Board in 2013, Cunningham Quill Architects and Olin, a landscape architecture firm, said they were seeking a design that engages with the landscape and connects with the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station via bike and foot paths.

The new plans will also be harmonious with the adjacent Reston Heights project, also built by JBG. That includes the Westin Reston Heights hotel and the Mercer Condominium, as well as office space.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Are they closing forever, or moving somewhere else? I hope the latter!

    • Karen Goff

      Closing forever for now. “May” come back in new development, but that is years off and the employee was not authorized to speak about that.

    • گل پشت و روی ندارد

      rosekabob.com if you want to try

    • Greg

      No interest in moving to Tall Oaks? Imagine that!

      • Ming the Merciless

        They should move to Lake Anne so they can have the same conversation with the Snidely Whiplash landlord as Jasmine Cafe:
        “You must pay the rent!”
        “I can’t pay the rent!”
        “You must pay the rent!”
        “I can’t pay the rent!”
        (Etc. etc. But alas, My Hero never materialized…)

  • Reston Fan

    The Master Plan Revisions didn’t highlight a decrease in kabob consumption!

  • Wings!!

    I checked with JBG and they confirmed – there will be a Hooters in Reston Heights!!!! Yipeeeehhh yeaaaehhh. So just to get the juices flowing and to celebrate a little I will be inviting you to Hooters tonight (closest location, 10334 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030)
    If you want to order beer or wings, just mention Wings!! and add it to my tab.
    Thanks and see you there.

    • Karen Goff

      as usual, he is kidding.

      • Rick Dotsalt

        Time for a new bit.

        • The Real Wings!!

          I didn’t write this actually. Must be a copycat Hooters activist. I wish it were true though, because Reston needs a Hooters.
          #HootersForReston

  • Jordan

    I don’t understand why don’t they just move/ rent out the space in Hunter Mills Shopping center, they got the two vacant shops next to the Dunkin Donuts which they can remove the wall and use both.I get that rent is expensive as hell there but I would think Reston Kabob pulls enough revenue to not be a problem. Also Wouldn’t they be potentially doubling their sq.ft from the current place too?

  • LakeNewportLady

    Oh man love that place…never knew they had another restaurant!

  • john

    glad poopeyes made it

  • CleftDude

    This development project is going to be the worst thing to ever hit Reston. I can’t wait for thousands of more cars on the streets of this area. *sigh*

    • Greg

      Reston Parkway, especially, is going to be a nightmare. It’s too narrow with too many signalized intersections (including at least one more on the way to support this dense development) that can’t be coordinated despite yet another hundred or so million dollar computer system installed to do so. Then comes Spectrum with millions more square feet of redevelopment and traffic.

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