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Le Pain Quotidien Bakery Has Plans for Reston Town Center Storefront

by Dave Emke April 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm 14 Comments

Bakery-restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien is planning to move into Reston Town Center.

According to a permit filed recently with Fairfax County, the Belgium-based restaurant is looking to take over the site at 11909 Democracy Drive, between Potomac River Running and Banana Republic. That is the former home of Cosi, which closed in September when the company filed for bankruptcy.

The menu at Le Pain Quotidien (French for “The Daily Bread”) includes not just bread, but soups and salads, cheeses, sandwiches, desserts and more. The chain has more than 200 locations on five continents, including two in Fairfax County: at Tysons Corner Center and in Merrifield’s Mosaic District.

  • The Constitutionalist

    How long until they close their doors and move somewhere with more… traffic?

  • Tom

    Good luck to them. They’ll have to validate parking if they want that location to stay in business.

  • Tammi Petrine

    Why on earth would a good bakery select RTC with the ongoing boycott? So sad. They will fail here without free parking. How about one of our village centers instead?

  • Why do you bother?

    Too bad I won’t be partaking. Good to know there are two other locations.

  • Rene Plourde

    Once they restore FREE parking I’ll give them a try – until then I’ll continue going to other places in the area.

  • meyerweb

    Too bad I’ll never eat there, as long as RTC’s ridiculous parking rules are in effect.

    • Adrian Havill

      And Le Madeleine is just across the way with free parking for all.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Sorry, LPQ, but your pain won`t be my pain.

    • Adam


      • Chuck Morningwood

        Thank you for noticing. BTW, I appreciate your cogent, well thought out rebuttal to my statement.

  • Bernie Supporter

    Potential businesses may not be aware of the parking situation or community’s strong opposition to it, to the point of boycott. Alternatively, old and existing businesses may thrive in RTC once all these mega-developments are built surrounding it, and businesspeople and nearby residents can simply walk to town center. For me that would be the best of worlds: The restaurants and merchants doing well, and the developer still losing a bundle on their unwise investment in Reston paid parking.

  • SuperCoop1280

    This just shows a lack of business sense. They are doomed. Plenty of other areas in Reston they could have gone too. Le Madeleine with free parking or this place with serious parking issues?! Sad!

  • Generic User

    We should be reaching out to these potential occupants and making them aware, if they are not and they may very well not be, of the active boycott of RTC going on. According to its website, Le Pain Quotidien started in Brussels and has 200 locations worldwide, so they may not be aware of the local politics going on here. I know Balducci’s is owned by Kings Food Markets up in NJ, so same goes for them. A few well-placed emails to these companies may give BP some heartburn where it counts when they start asking questions.

  • LeftPolitico

    I like LPQ but won’t go there because of the parking. They are already in Tysons Corner Center and Mosaic, both of which have free parking. Too bad they didn’t do better homework about the parking fiasco at RTC.


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