Reston Association Reschedules Annual Meeting — The organization has rescheduled its annual meeting from April 14 to April 30 at p.m. The meeting will be held online. Election results will also be announced at the meeting. [Reston Association]
Roundup of Town of Herndon Restaurants and Grocery Stores — Town officials have put together a roundup of local grocery store hours, as well as restaurants that are offering delivery and take out. [Town of Herndon]
Surge of Cases Expected in Late April through May — “It could still be weeks before the worst of the coronavirus crisis hits Virginia. State officials are preparing for a surge in the number of people who test positive between late April and late May, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday that analysis of the latest models shows Northam told residents he was planning for the worst and hoping for the best.” [NBC 4]
FCPS Superintendent Writes to Class of 2020 — Superintendent Scott Braband said that the state superintended plans to provide “maximum flexibility for graduation requirements.” “Even if you were not passing all of your required courses, I want you to know that there is still time for you to graduate this June. Your teachers will ensure you have access to what you need to be able to complete your coursework through distance learning,” Brabrand wrote. [Fairfax County Public Schools]
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Sheetz, a popular gas and convenience store chain, has plans to come to Herndon.
The company, which recently opened a location in Sterling, has submitted an application to the county for a service station, convenience food store, and restaurant with a drive-thru.
The Herndon location is planned on a roughly two-acre parcel on 13850 McLearen Road.
Here’s more from the application:
The Applicant intends to demolish the office building and surface parking lot fronting on McLearen Road, and construct the new Sheetz service station with a quick-service food store and restaurant with drive-through uses facility. The proposed Sheetz store will total approximately 6,075 square feet in size. The retail store building will be oriented towards McLearen Road, while the fuel pumps will be oriented to Towerview Road. The drive-through lane associated with the restaurant is located along the back of the building and along the southern property line to effectively manage stacking and be less visible from surrounding streets.
The application was accepted by the county on Feb. 7. No dates for a public hearing or other steps in the county’s approval process have been set yet.
Photo courtesy Sheetz/Facebook
After more than a year of preparation, a new juice bar in the Junction Square neighborhood of Herndon has announced its opening date.
Vb Juice Bar plans to open on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The business hopes to transform the juice bar experience by offering “total ingredient transparency,” according to the company.
A preview video — including a tour of its bathroom — is available online.
Photo via Vb Juice Bar
A Loudoun County couple plans to debut a new food truck that offers a selection of Afghan Tex-Mex in Herndon and Reston later this month.
Zainab Shoja and her husband Yousef plan to serve puffy tacos — a concept created in San Antonio — at the Sprint Campus (12525 Sunrise Valley Drive) on Jan. 27 and at Century Link (2900 Towerview Road) on Jan. 30. The food truck, called “Zainy’s Flyin’ Grill” will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Inspired by their Afghan heritage, Shoja says the food truck will also serve “kabobco” — a cross between a taco and kabob roll — bowls — and quesadillas. Meat options include chicken kabob, steak kabob, and gyro.
The food truck, which is registered to run in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, will first debut in Lansdowne at the Camden Apartments from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 25).
Shoja says she hopes the business adds a unique product to the local food scene.
“We grew up eating kabobs. We both love Mexican food,” Shoja said. “We wanted to stand out.”
Customers can track the food truck’s schedule online.
Photo via Zainab Shoja
A new restaurant is serving up Vietnamese cuisine in Herndon.
Alo Vietnam is now open at 2321C Dulles Station Boulevard. A soft opening was held last month.
The restaurant also expects to open a Reston location at Faraday Park (1831 Michael Faraday Drive).
A representative for the store did not indicate when that location will open.
Photos via Alo Vietnam/Facebook
A new barbecue restaurant chain is now open at a shopping center along Sunrise Valley Drive in Herndon.
The restaurant chain has locations in 16 states, including 16 spots in Virginia.
Photo via Herndon Police Department
A new Indian vegetarian spot is now open in Herndon.
Here’s more about the business from its website:
Three decades ago a small sweet shop started by Late K.S.Thirupathi Raja in the then Metropolis of Chennai, India, has now flowered over 120 branches covering the length and breadth of Chennai city, its neighboring places such as Kanchipuram, Erode, Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Tripur and the states of Karnataka, Pondicherry and Delhi. M/s. Adyar Ananda Bhavan Sweets & Snacks is now well established and firmly in saddle as one of the leading and exclusive sweets and savories manufacturer in South India. The driving force behind the concern now is the two brothers Mr. K.T. Venkatesan and Mr. K.T. Srinivasa Raja to whom the baton of rich sweet tradition has been passed on by their late father K.S.Thirupathi Raja.
The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 5:30-10 p.m. for dinner everyday except Monday.
Parking spaces are available in the front and back of the building. A business representative told Reston Now they plan to host a grand opening sometime this month.
Photo via Adyar Ananda Bhavan
A new taco restaurant is adding itself to the local Mexican cuisine scene.
According to county permits, Rico’s Tacos is set to open at 1258 Elden Street. So far, no signage at the restaurant has gone up.
It’s unclear if the restaurant is another location of an establishment with the same name in Laurel. The owner did not return a request for comment from Reston Now.
The county approved a permit for the business on Oct. 10.
Staff photo by Jay Westcott
A new ramen restaurant is coming this month to Herndon Centre at 482 Elden Street.
UMAI Ramen and Rice Bowl‘s soft opening date is set for Saturday, Sept. 21. The family-owned business will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The spot used to belong to Tipicos Gloria, a Central American eatery, before it relocated about 150 feet away to 470 Elden Street last year.
Photo via UMAI/Facebook
Local elected officials gathered at Cafe Rio to celebrate its grand opening at Herndon Centre today (Wednesday).
The restaurant, which takes up space formerly occupied by McDonald’s, is located at 330 Elden Street.
Cafe Rio sells burritos, salads, enchiladas, nachos and other Mexican staples.
Photo via Cindy Wei/Facebook
Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, a Mexican restaurant that serves fresh Mexican food, is opening soon in Herndon.
A company representative told Reston Now that the restaurant plans to open on August 14, so long as utility work is completed. The restaurant will be located at 330 Elden Street, the former space of McDonald’s, which closed last year.
Cafe Rio sells burritos, salads, enchiladas, quesadilla, nachos and other Mexican staples. The chain has other locations, including one in Fairfax, Burke and Manassas.
The opening date is tentative.
Image via Google Maps
After more than two years of waiting, Aslin Beer Company is finally moving into its planned tasting room and bar in Herndon.
Northern Virginia Living Magazine reported that the tasting room — which closed due to a dispute with neighbors — plans to open by the end of the year.
An exact opening date has not been announced yet. The company did not return several requests for comment from Reston Now.
Rendering via Town of Herndon/handout
It’s official: a new fast food Japanese restaurant is now open in Dulles Park in Herndon.
Quickway Japanese Hibachi opened at 1040 Elden Street. The restaurant uses the teppanyaki grilling style in a quick-service restaurant setting. Its menu includes bento boxes, hibachi, and combos with vegetables, rice or noodles.
Here’s more about the restaurant from its website:
Here at Quickway Japanese Hibachi, you’ll find fresh, quality food, served fast, with style. It’s how we have grown from one prototype store to 7 locations, and counting, within 20 months, in the DC metro area.
We bring the Teppanyaki (teppan, Japanese for griddle: yaki, grill, broiled) cooking technique to a quick service restaurant setting. The proteins are prepared freshon the open grill in your full view, a true cooked to order signature dish.
We offer choices of salads, sides, and sushi, all prepared from All Day Fresh ingredients and homemade sauces. Plus, we really care if you have a cool place to eat. We build our space to be clean, convenient and modern. Of course, our food is healthy, with reduced salt, no trans fat, and no MSG.
The chain also plans to open new location in Silver Spring, Md. and Spotsylvania, Va.
A company representative told Reston Now an opening date has not been determined yet.
On its Facebook page, Vb Juice Bar promises to transform the juice bar experience:
Vb Juice bar has entirely transformed the juice bar experience, offering total ingredient transparency by eliminating hidden fillers, unnecessary sugars, processed ingredients, and artificial flavors from its entire menu.
Our juices are made to order without any mystery ingredients. Just clean, healthy eating that tastes just as good as it makes you feel.
Recently, BurgerIM, a national burger joint, also announced plans to come to the neighborhood.
Photo via Vb Juice bar/Facebook
Kabobi by the Helmand, a restaurant featuring Afghan cuisine, held its soft opening yesterday (May 29) in Herndon.
Owner Khaleeq Ahmad told Reston Now that the restaurant finally opened after delays with the permitting process. Ahmad said his restaurant offers “Afghan fusion” cuisine. It is located at 2321 Dulles Station Boulevard, Suite A — a short walk from the Innovation Center Metro station.
The restaurant in Herndon offers a mix of traditional Afghan cuisine as appetizers, salads, bowls and wraps. Items range from “kabuli pallow,” a traditional Afghan dish with rice baked with chunk of lamb, raising and glazed carrots — to eggplants and mushroom wrapped in fresh bread.
The chain of Kabobi restaurants started in San Francisco in 1982 and expanded to Boston, Baltimore and Chicago. It is modeled after a sister restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland called Kabobi from the Helmand.
Photo by Khaleeq Ahmad