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Closed: Reston Kabob at International Convenience Center

by Karen Goff — August 3, 2015 at 3:45 pm 1,767 15 Comments

Reston Kabob has closed its doors after 13 years at the Reston International Center’s Convenience Center off of Sunrise Valley Drive.

The  local favorite’s last day was July 31. The business owners said in early June it would be closing on that date in order to make way for The JBG Companies’ new mixed-use development, which will begin construction soon.

The Shojas family, owners of Reston Kabob, will still operate their other nearby restaurant, Grill Kabob, 905 Herndon Pkwy.

Reston Kabob was the last business standing in the development. Chili’s closed late last year. A Wells Fargo bank shuttered last summer. And Reston Kabob’s neighbors, 7-Eleven and a dry cleaners, in its small strip, left a few months ago. Popeye’s, in a free-standing building across the parking lot, will remain.

The development has taken on somewhat of a ghost town quality, with large weeds springing up through the concrete in the parking lot.

A JBG representative said recently that the Chili’s building will likely be razed in the next 60 days.

JBG 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.

Read more about the development in this previous Reston Now story.

  • Emmanuel Goldstein

    I think that area would make a perfect location for a Hooters

    • Rob

      or a Bocce court

  • Whew Popeyes made it again!

    • Mike M

      Yes, I think they started at the top and worked their way down.

  • Sure the weakest always last the longest. Or maybe Popeyes is not part of the current redevelopment plan?

    • Karen Goff

      Popeyes is staying

  • Greg

    Where are the Reston Association covenants “advisors”? Large weeds in the parking lot? And no demolition action for the rest of the growing season? For shame!

    • Withheld

      Agree, What a disaster. American dream turn night mare. JBG is the worst but somehow they won the best of Reston 2008 award and some others too for “reaching oUT to the community”. How is it possible? Because they write big checks to Cornerstones and other tax write offs! How about traffic gridlock in 2020? Is JBG rrequired to build pedestrian passes into all directions of the wind? If so, the first pass will likely lead to the RA building. Suckers!

    • Ming the Merciless

      You call it “weeds in the parking lot”.

      Reston Association calls it, “more opengreenspace”.

      After paying an insane amount of money to buy Tetra in order to increase opengreenspace, the RA is happy to see other landowners follow suit and allow harsh expanses of asphalt to return to their glorious natural state.

  • JBG was unable to purchase that property so Popeyes is here! Yeh!

    • Withheld

      I love it. JBG is a scummy landlord, hope they go broke in the next downturn. A big salute to Popeyes and National Realty for holding out.

    • Withheld

      Popeyes is the best! Thanks Popeyes for holding out.

  • And National Realty…so all that corner is safe from JBG at this time?

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Thank goodness that we still have Popeye’s.

    • Wings!!

      Would be better if it was a Hooters

      #HootersForReston

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