Southern-Style Restaurant Hen Penny Coming to Reston Town Center

by Dave Emke February 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm 11 Comments

Former BRB location, Reston Town Center

Pheast Food Group will bring a new Southern-style restaurant to Reston Town Center.

The subsidiary of Thompson Hospitality has posted on its website that it is seeking a general manager for a restaurant called Hen Penny. The job is also cross-listed on websites including Indeed, where the listing includes a bit more information about the restaurant:

Pheast Food Group has another new concept coming to town!

Hen Penny is our quick-service version of our full service concept, Hen Quarter.

And we need a General Manager to lead our very first location opening in the Reston Town Center!

Southern-style Hen Quarter restaurants in Alexandria and Silver Spring were opened last year by Pheast, both in former locations of Tex-Mex restaurant Austin Grill. The restaurant is described by Pheast as “an ode to the best of Southern fare and classic cocktails” with “dishes full of flavors that can only come from the best in farm to table design.”

A third location is scheduled to open in D.C.’s Penn Quarter — again, in a former Austin Grill space — later this year.

BRB ClosedThe new Reston Town Center restaurant will be located at 1820 Discovery St., according to a permit processed last week in Fairfax County. That’s the former location of burger restaurant BRB, which was closed last month by Pheast. Signage on the storefront indicated “another exciting concept” would be coming soon.

Calls to Pheast for comment about the new restaurant have not been not returned.

Pheast also manages The American Tap Room, which has a Reston Town Center location. It was announced this week that The American Tap Room location near Richmond would be renovated and re-opened as Addie Mae’s Southern Cuisine and Raw Bar.

While no information is available about the future status of The American Tap Room at Reston Town Center, Pheast’s website reads that it manages “The American Tap Room, Austin Grill, Willie T’s Lobster Shack and Be Right Burger holdings and will be updating those concepts in 2017.”

  • TheRealODB

    A shame ill never try it. #RTCParking

    • Drip

      Same here… this boycott is much easier than I thought it would be.

    • Adrian Havill

      Will they deliver? Not going to RTC.

  • Terry Reston

    Went to Tyson’s this noon. Like the free parking and the electronics that show the empty spaces. Looks like the same system as RTC WITHOUT THE PSRKING FEES!

  • 30yearsinreston

    Not going if I have to pay BP

  • Tammi Petrine

    Gosh, what a mistake by Hen Quarter! Don’t they read the papers??? Probably not or they wouldn’t be investing hundred’s of thousands of $ into this deserted, formerly vibrant RTC. Restaurant business is dicey to begin with even IF one has a good market! Ha!

  • Big Drop

    Austin Grill? I remember the original Austin Grill from the 2400 or so block of Wisconsin Avenue north of Georgetown. I started going there in the mid ’80’s and loved it. Bob’s Famous ice cream was a few doors down for dessert. There were parking meters on the street in front of the original Austin Grill. Twenty, thirty seconds to reach in my pocket for change which I fed into the meter.

    It’s not that simple in Reston Town Center today.

  • Biked through the town center today and saw lots, lots of vacant parking spaces. Lots of police in bright green awaiting to give tickets.

  • Ken Perkal

    Fools to invest in RTC when there is a massive BOYCOTT on PAID PARKING by developer. This will kill your bottom line.
    Better rethink your strategy especially for a restaurant which have minimal success rates in general. Boston Properties is the devil in the details. Hold off or break that lease unless you can afford an epic fail at RTC.

    • Generic User

      As you implied, it is the same restaurant group that owned brb Burger, so they may be in the middle of a lease with BP and are just trying this other concept to get name recognition in the area. It sounds like they are converting a Richmond property to a similar concept, so they may be willing to put this in to build brand awareness.

      Doesn’t matter, I am not going there if I have to pay for parking. Eat it, BP.

  • Ken Perkal

    Just replacing the failed burger joint.. RTC is a failing development. Read previous PUBLIC COMMENT SECTIONS of stories posted on this Reston Now site regarding Boston Properties paid parking fiasco. Very negative and masses of people are boycotting the center. bad new at that center.


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