UPDATE: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks Reston Town Center Remains Open

by RestonNow.com January 8, 2018 at 10:15 am 34 Comments

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks restaurant on 11920 Democracy Drive remains open. An article published this morning by Reston Now incorrectly stated the restaurant was closed. We regret the error.

The company’s spin-off restaurant, M & S Grill (11901 Democracy Drive) closed on New Year’s Day. It was located just 131 feet from McCormick & Schmick’s, which is open.

A representative from the public relations firm that is handling media inquiries was not immediately available comment.

Since Dec. 20, several stores have announced they will not be returning to Reston Town Center. Most recently, Neyla Mediterranean Bistro closed last week.

Two weeks ago, Appalachian Spring announced plans that it also plans to close its doors in Reston Town Center. The handcrafted gifts and handmade jewelry store opened up in the town center in 1990. Ann Taylor also announced the company will not renew its lease, which expired on Dec. 31.

  • Anonymous Person

    I’m sure every single closure is not traceable to paid parking and less foot traffic. It must be Trump’s fault.

    • JoeInReston

      Mean spirited RestonNow commentators have been so unfair to us and our attempts to institute a spectacular enhanced parking experience. Sad!

      — Boston Properties


      I went there long before the parking change and it just wasn’t up to McCormick’s & Smicks’ standards.

      I guess I should blame Obama who was president then. LOL.

    • Willie Reston

      Just like everything was Obama’s fault, etc.

      • OneReally

        Difference is mostly it was his fault.

        Trump hasn’t gotten a fair shake in the media since day 1.

      • The Constitutionalist

        Just like everything in your mind is the fault of Capitalism and the upper class.

  • Generic User

    This is clearly Schmick’s fault. McCormick was the one holding things together, but he can only do so much.

    • vdiv

      That seems fishy…

    • Generic User

      McCormick was very upset that the closing was erroneously reported. He works very hard to keep this place together. Schmick, as usual, was MIA and probably sleeping off the raging party he threw over the weekend.

  • JoeInReston

    We should start a new game – guess the next Reston Town Center store closure…

    My entry – Tavern 64. Has anybody ever seen Tavern 64 even half full?

    ps Teavana doesn’t count as the whole chain is going under

    • 40yearsinreston

      Clydes may last a little longer as it still attracts a (smaller) after work drinks crowd

      • JoeInReston

        I have never understood the popularity of Clydes, but I have to hand it to them, that place is usually filled up.

      • reston resident

        Clyde’s benefits from its outdoor dining area especially in better weather, it still is almost unbearably noisy inside the restaurant at all busy hours, and they need to refresh the menu as well. I only go there is I can sit outside in the spring and summer.

    • Anonymous Person

      My guess is that sushi place. I haven’t ever seen more than a couple tables’ worth of patrons in there.

      • JoeInReston

        Hehe, I thought that placed closed long ago and was shocked a few months ago to see the place still open.

    • SuperCoop1280

      I would not be surprised if the movie theatre closes at some point. I recall this past summer being there on a Saturday night around 9pm and it was very empty.

      • RERSRESQ

        Given what Hollywood is producing these days I am surprised anyone was there.

    • Generic User

      Starbucks bought Tevana and they just closed the Tysons Corner Tevana, so I wouldn’t expect the RTC one to last.

      • JoeInReston

        Teavana’s closing is a fait accompli. Teavana has been having closing clearance sales over the past few weeks. If it isn’t already closed, it will be so shortly.

        • Hieronymus Bosch

          Website says permanently closed – https://locations.teavana.com/us/va/reston/1826-library-st.html

          Teavana was sued by Simon Properties recently to keep some of their 77 stores open in specific Simon Properties malls (creating more foot traffic). I believe Simon won the suit and forced some stores to remain open.

    • jmsullivan

      Tavern 64 is the Hyatt’s restaurant. It’s not going anywhere. I suppose if they wanted to, they could do a complete rebrand and launch it under some new name, but there will be something there.

  • 40yearsinreston

    Never mind, the new “iconic” luxury apartments will generate more parking fees

  • SuperCoop1280

    “The restaurant was located in Georgetown prior to closing in the summer of 2014. It opened on 11898 Market St. two years ago.”

    I somehow recall this restaurant being there much longer than since 2014 since I was debating to go to there or M&S back in 2013. Ironically these two sentences above were in the Neyla article.

    • Reston1

      M&S and Schmick’s have been there since before 2005. Looks like some bad cut and paste action since 11898 Market Street is the address for Neyla.

    • 40yearsinreston

      McCormick and schmicks were open in 2000

      a few of the lads dropped a $2K tip there (dot com boom days)

  • Big Drop

    Where will people park who shop at Balducci’s? In the garage? Using an app? Standing at a machine which takes several minutes to register your car so you can pay? With Whole Foods and Harris Teeter free? On the street @$3.00 an hour which requires you to use the app to pay?

    • restonista

      Exactly my thoughts. Was excited to know that Balducci’s was coming back to Reston but emailed Balducci’s when the announcement was made that they were going to be in RTC. Not going to pay to park and shop.

  • Tom H

    Off topic from the article, however, curious. Anyone on the inside know why in the world the Capital Grille would want to take over the former Il Fornaio space?

    • Greg

      The lawyers. All the lawyers in RTC.

  • I read the announcement and it seemed clear that MS was closing the Grill across the street. Surprised it lasted so long. NOt parking but parking is an issue.

    • Drunk boss 2009

      It was a team meeting and our proj lead kept ordering raw seafood appetizers, my thoughts were with the crew and our chances of survival. But good probability they got their seafood from across the street back then, things turned out very ok.

      Pay parking a non issue back then.

  • Generic User

    McCormick was very upset that the closing was erroneously reported. He works very hard to keep this place together. Schmick, as usual, was MIA and probably sleeping off the raging party he threw over the weekend.

  • jmsullivan

    Okay, a restaurant in the town center NOT closing is now news. Surely that’s some kind of milestone reached…

  • Keith Berry

    The only time I need to go to the
    Town Center now is for anything Apple, I just tell my wife to keep circling around until I am ready to leave…LoL Refuse to park and pay. Il Fornaio is sorely missed.


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