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Reston Founding Farmers Opening Pushed to Summer 2017

by Karen Goff — October 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm 8 Comments

Rendering of Reston Station skyline/Credit: Comstock

Founding Farmers has pushed back its opening at Reston Station until mid-2017.

The Washington Business Journal reports that that the restaurant will be delayed until next summer.

It was exactly a year ago this week that Founding Farmers announced its plans to open a 10,000-square-foot restaurant in Reston.

Initial estimates from Reston Station developer Comstock and Founding Farmers said the opening would be late 2016 or early 2017, but a peek into the the space last week showed it is still empty and no work has begun.

Founding Farmers will have a large mezzanine, which is complicating the construction permits, Farmers Restaurant Group CEO Dan Simons said.

“The combination of engineering complexities (we’re building a fantastic mezzanine) and the typical permit process labyrinth combined to push the timeline longer than originally planned,” he told WBJ.

Founding Farmers Reston will be on the ground floor of a planned 200-room hotel at Reston Station. No hotel tenant has been signed yet.

Comstock, which is developing Reston Station, is also hoping to sign a large, upscale restaurant for the ground floor space of the office tower that is currently under construction on the plaza.

Farmers Restaurant Group, which has restaurants in DC, Maryland and at Tysons Corner in Virginia, is preparing to open a new property, Farmers & Distillers, in DC.

Rendering of completed Reston Station development/Credit: Comstock

  • Mike M

    I just ate at the one in Tysons on Sunday. Scrump!

    • CE
      • Guest

        Sounds like the DC location has suffered, that’s a shame. Friends have also recommended Tysons.

      • Mike M

        Thanks for that. A few points.
        1) I am pretty sure that Sietsema slams a place that does not treat him like a God. He notes he has been to this place in Foggy Bottom repeatedly. He is probably annoyed they didn’t even recognize his Godliness. He has power and he uses it. It’s the WaPo way.
        2) Sietsema delights in negativity.
        3) I went to the Tysons location. I loved the menu and what I ordered. (Last time too.) I also like the motif.
        4) The service was ham-fisted.
        5) My dining partner noted they were somewhat overpriced. I noted the place was crowded by rush hour, and that she had my great company to offset her anxiety.
        I look forward to having an FF locally.

  • JoeInReston

    When restaurant openings are set back because of permits and/or unexpected repairs, like Founding Farmer’s or Red’s Table, are they paying rent during that time?

  • New Reston

    Have a sinking feeling we’re going to end up with a PF Chang’s on the first floor of the new office building.

  • One Really

    Good to see what the current office park is going to look like eventually.
    The building that’s cut in half is roughly where they sit now, correct?

  • Howard Wu

    Overpriced iHop

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