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by Dave Emke — April 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm 6 Comments

Cava Mezze Grill has plans to soon begin offering its Greek and Mediterranean menu at The Spectrum shopping plaza.

Signage is up in the windows at the future location of the restaurant, 1815 Fountain Drive. The storefront near Best Buy had been the home of a Lane Bryant clothing store before it closed last year. A permit to allow renovation by the new tenant was issued by Fairfax County last month.

Cava Mezze Grill is an offshoot of Rockville-based Cava Mezze restaurant, which has five locations in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. There are currently about two dozen Cava Mezze Grill locations nationwide, with the Reston location one of about a dozen more planning to open soon. There are already several locations elsewhere in Northern Virginia, including in Tysons, Vienna and Merrifield’s Mosaic District.

The eatery is described as “a fast-casual spin-off” that “serves fresh, healthful and savor-worthy meals.”

A request for information about an opening date for the restaurant has not been answered at this time.

by Dave Emke — April 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm 23 Comments

A new promotional program this month is designed to help hungry Reston Town Center visitors learn a little more about restaurant offerings.

Savor The Town began Monday at the Town Center and has participants visiting 10 different eateries to gain stamps in a passport. To gain a stamp, customers ask their server or bartender about the “Savor the Town” special when making a purchase.

Those who receive all 10 stamps by May 1 will be eligible to attend a free Happy Hour celebration.

Restaurants participating in the promotion are:

  • American Tap Room (1811 Library St.)
  • Big Bowl (11915 Democracy Drive)
  • Busara Thai Cuisine (11964 Market St.)
  • M&S Grill (11901 Democracy Drive)
  • Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive)
  • Neyla Mediterranean Bistro (11898 Market St.)
  • Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.)
  • The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shop (1816 Library St.)
  • Uncle Julio’s (1827 Library St.)
  • World of Beer (1888 Explorer St.)

Information provided within the passport recommends stopping at World of Beer for “your last call” and receiving free parking validation there. A number of the other restaurants on the tour also offer parking validation.

The celebration for those who complete the tour will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 at American Tap Room. Those who do not finish the tour are also welcome to attend and “take advantage of special pricing on food and beverage offerings,” according to information provided within the passport.

“Savor the Town is a fun way to increase visitor frequency and attract new patrons to the many great restaurants at Reston Town Center,” said spokesperson Kathy Walsh on behalf of RTC owner Boston Properties. “Look for additional creative events like this coming to RTC throughout the rest of the year.”

As part of the program, RTC is also offering $5 one-trip vouchers for Uber. A new promotional code is scheduled to be released each week on the RTC website as well as its Facebook page.

Passports can be picked up at RTC’s Information Center (1818 Discovery St.) or concierge desk (11951 Freedom Drive), or from a participating business.

by Eve Thompson — April 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

What are you doing this Sunday (April 9)? May I suggest grabbing a cup of coffee and heading down to cheer on the people running in the Runner’s Marathon of Reston? It’s a hard and hilly course (so I’m told), and the runners love the boost from the crowd. Here is a link to the map.

Maybe spending some time along the Reston trails will inspire you to run or walk on them. To me, the 55 miles of footpaths that Reston Association maintains are one of the defining features of Reston.

The trails cover every neighborhood in Reston, and walking, running or biking them is a great way to get to know the community. RA has maps on their website, or you can use the wonderful interactive map Fairfax County has of all the paths. I like this tool because it lets you plan your route before you head out. Here are a few of my favorite walks about town — but don’t stop with these.

  • Town Center to Lake Anne, North Reston. This walk is just shy of 1.5 miles and winds through a few of Central Reston’s original neighborhoods — Coleson Cluster and Hickory Woods. It’s fun to start at Lake Anne, grabbing breakfast at the Lake Anne Coffee House and shopping at the Farmers Market (starting in early May and going through December), then walking up to Town Center for lunch.
  • Lake Thoreau Loop, South Reston. This loop is just over 2 miles and circles around charming Lake Thoreau and past the Reston Regional Golf Course. Begin and end your loop at South Lakes Village with a coffee or delicious lunch at Red’s Table or Café Sano.
  • North Point Loop, North Reston. This is a 4-mile loop for those who want a little more exercise. This trail is great because it really gives you a sense of the North Point community. I recommend starting at Lake Newport pool. These trails take you through several charming neighborhoods, and you’ll notice an abundance of RA pools and tennis courts (in fact, if you do this in the summer, pop into one of the pools for a refreshing dip). After your brisk walk, cross the street over to North Point Village for coffee, ice cream or lunch!
  • Walker Nature Education Center and Glade, South Reston. There are many options for a walk from here. From the Center, follow the trailhead and see where it takes you! There is a short loop (probably 1/2 mile), or you can venture off on the RA path that follows Glade. Whatever you choose, you will feel like you are miles from civilization. It’s a wonderful place to recharge.
  • Tall Oaks to Lake Fairfax Park, North Reston. I’m not entirely sure how long this walk is, but the park loop takes about half an hour — longer if you’re with a dog who needs to investigate all the great smells. Park at Tall Oaks Village Center, cross under the underpass and head toward the wooden bridge. When you hit a dirt trailhead, take a left and follow the trail into Lake Fairfax Park. You’ll cross a little creek and then the path opens to what is a large loop. Go left or right and just follow it around. It’s a gorgeous walk in the woods! Just be careful — mountain bikers train here. They’re very courteous, but they’re also usually going pretty fast!

What you’ll soon find is you can have any type of walk or run you want in Reston — relaxing and easy, or very challenging. And you can get anywhere you need or want to go on foot. It’s always fun to discover a new trail and see where it takes you.

by RestonNow.com — April 4, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Inspired by springtime, the works of local artist Dorothy Donahey are currently on display at Reston Art Gallery and Studios (11400 Washington Plaza W.) on Lake Anne.

“First Blooms” showcases acrylic and oil paintings from the artist, an expert in commercial color printing who has traveled the nation lecturing on colorimetry for Reston’s HunterLab.

Donahey’s paintings are in the realms of representational abstraction and realism. She is known for her “Awareness Donkey,” which was featured on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. and is now part of the permanent collection at American University.

According to a press release about the exhibit:

The self-explanatory title of Donahey’s new show is inspired by the spring landscape, and a goal to “give people a little sunshine,” born out of the news, the cold and the loss of cherry blossoms at the tidal basin. The season can be enjoyed throughout the year through the paintings in this show.

The “First Blooms” exhibit will be on display at Reston Art Gallery throughout the month of April, including during Founder’s Day festivities at Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday. The official opening reception for the show is Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

Image: “Pastoral” — courtesy Dorothy Donahey/Reston Art Gallery and Studios

by RestonNow.com — April 4, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

A pair of homes in the Reston area have been burglarized in recent days, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

One of the reported incidents took place at 2000 block of Kedge Drive, off Lawyers Road in Vienna, at about 3 p.m. Friday. The second happened in 11500 block of Hemingway Drive, in North Reston, around 6 a.m. Saturday.

In another notable report from the Reston District Station, a gun was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1400 block of Beauford Court in Herndon.

Other reported incidents from FCPD’s Reston District Station in the past week include:

LARCENIES:

2300 block of Archdale Road, cellphone from residence

700 block of Bennett Street, cellphone from school

11600 block of Bennington Woods Road, license plates and credit cards from vehicle

2300 block of Colts Neck Road, purse from business

11800 block of Coopers Court, license plates from vehicle

1400 block of Flynn Court, laptop computer from vehicle

1600 block of Fremont Lane, tools from vehicle

11400 block of Great Meadow Drive, wallet from business

1400 block of Hemingway Court, air compressor from vehicle

12200 block of Laurel Glade Court, catalytic converter from vehicle

10800 block of Parkridge Boulevard, tire from vehicle

6700 block of Ruskin Street, property from residence

12200 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from vehicle

11900 block of Winterthur Lane, watch and jewelry from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

A 29-year-old Reston man also made the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office report after deputies reportedly saw him “relieving himself” in a bush at One Loudoun at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday. The man was arrested, charged with public intoxication and later released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

by Dave Emke — April 4, 2017 at 9:00 am 2 Comments

County’s Eastern Portion Closing Business Gap — The western part of Fairfax County, including Reston and Tysons, continues to far and away lead the county’s commercial economy. But the quickest growing nonresidential properties of the county, according to newly released data, are in the Springfield and Alexandria areas. [Washington Business Journal]

Parents of Special-Needs Students Form Own PTA — The Fairfax County Special Education PTA is planning a meeting April 25 to vote on its bylaws and form an executive board. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Parking Controversy the Source of April Fool’s Fodder — At least a couple creative local residents decided to have some fun over the weekend with stories about what “happened” at the Town Center on April 1. [Restonian/Medium.com]

Grab a Free Ice Cream Cone — Today is “Free Cone Day” at Ben & Jerry’s, including the local shop at 11916 Market St. at Reston Town Center. The company has celebrated the annual event since 1979. Cones will be available from noon to 8 p.m. [Ben & Jerry’s]

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