Afghan Restaurant Coming to Plaza America in Reston

by Fatimah Waseem November 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm 33 Comments

Plaza America, will welcome Grill Kabob, an Afghan restaurant with other locations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, soon. A sign announcing the arrival of the chain, which serves made-to-order kabobs and other authentic specialities, was posted in the vacant storefront yesterday.

Grill Kabob will replace Primo Italiano at 11888 Plaza America Drive. The pizza and sub restaurant, which had called the shopping center home since it opened in the 1990s, left in May 2015.

Since then, the location has remained vacant. Staples, which was located in the same shopping center at 11620 Plaza America Drive, also closed on Oct. 7. Total Wine & More, a beer, wine and spirit purveyor, plans to open by the end of the year.

A restaurant representative said it was unclear when Grill Kabob will open. The owner was unavailable for comment. The restaurant launched in 1998 with its first location in the food court at Springfield Mall and has since opened in 14 locations, including stand-alone restaurants.

Mahmoud Mahdjoub, a journalist in Afghanistan, immigrated to the United States, joining his two cousins who fled Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan war in 1980. The chain’s website describes Grill Kabob as one of the largest kabob chains in the country.

The restaurant in Reston is just under 4 miles away from another location in Herndon. Other nearby restaurants are located in Dulles Town Center,  Tysons Corner Mall and Manassas Mall. Its menu includes an assortment of kabobs, sandwiches, gyros, salads, falafel platters and more.

  • KTinDC

    In theory Reston Kabob returns. Yay!

    • Yuma

      In fact, Reston Kabob is out in Herndon now as Grill Kabob.


    • LC

      I was just wondering if it is the same place..because I LOVED Reston Kabob but never find myself out in Herndon to go to the other location. Happy Happy Joy Joy!

  • Mike M

    It’s all part of the Great Inundation.

    • JoeInReston

      The inundation of ethnic food in Herndon, Reston, and the entire DMV area is one of the best things about living in the area.

      • Mike M

        It’s everywhere! All over what was once the USA. It’s dime a dozen.

        • Willie Reston

          Stick to Applebees.

          • Mike M

            I haven’t been in an Applebee’s in years. So, what’s your point?

      • The Constitutionalist

        And one of the worst things to happen to my bathroom.

        • Willie Reston

          Too soft even for ethnic food. Sad!

          • The Constitutionalist

            My body has never truly recovered from being forced to sustain myself with a mixture of MREs and the occasional ethnic dish.

        • JoeInReston

          The Constitutionalist not liking the next day constitution after eating ethnic food.

          • The Constitutionalist

            It’s not my fault.

    • North Korea

      Better study your Kim Chi.

      • Mike M

        Rather die.

      • OneReally

        Yes Kimchi!!! Nothing like Balut though……

    • Tom H

      It just comes down to the simple economics of supply and demand.

      • Mike M

        OK, Tom. But if we let Pakistan dump 20% of its population on the US in the next five years as Wall Street wants, then the demand will change significantly. Capisce? There are things Congress does that shapes demand both quantitatively and qualitatively.

  • Why do you bother?

    Curious: How does Afghan kabob differ from other kabob?

    • Mike M

      I think it depends upon the origin of the immigrants who own it, and their target audience.

      • 40yearsinreston

        It doesnt
        Grilled meat on a stick wrapped in bread is universal

        • Mike M

          No. It’s Middle Eastern. And Southwest Asian. “Afghan” is Southwest Asian.

  • Bah

    “Grill Kabob will replace Primo Italiano”

    No, it will not. NOTHING will EVER replace Primo!

    • John Higgins

      Strongly agree. Still, “Welcome, New Enterprise.”

    • JoeInReston

      Miranda Lambert is in absolute tears over the announcement, at least on web page as displayed on my browser. ymmv

  • Greg

    Still nothing for the Champps space?

    • 40yearsinreston

      Too much competition from the Lake House

      • John

        Great catch!

    • Wings!!

      Hooters would be nice.


  • 40yearsinreston

    Judging by the customers, the best has got to be Charcoal Kebab in the K-mart center
    Not a chain nor microwaved ‘lamb’.Just marinated Halal over hickory and tandoor oven bread
    Good that the replacement isnt another fried chicken shack

  • Gregory M Young

    Afghani is money Afghan is people. Your headline should read Afghan Restaurant Coming to Plaza America in Reston

  • Tom H

    I love kabobs! Pick up kabobs to go and a nice bottle at Total Wine – makes for a perfect meal at home 🙂

  • Michelle Wiss

    How did RestonNow miss that this is owned by the Reston Kabob owners? Shameful.

    Also delicious.


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