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by Dave Emke — July 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm 17 Comments

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant has a late-August opening planned in the RTC West development (12130 Sunset Hills Road), and many other restaurants will follow.

The restaurant and retail space in the southwest corner of RTC West is the first phase of JBG Companies’ plans for the development. The site is bordered by Town Center Parkway to the east, the W&OD Trail to the north, and the plaza that contains Chick-fil-A, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Chipotle and more to the west.

Signage recently placed in office buildings on the property — formerly known as the Reston Executive Center — shows eight new businesses in total that are in the works to be coming. Along with Cooper’s Hawk, six other restaurants are listed:

  • Punjabi by Nature, Indian cuisine. It has three current locations, in Leesburg, Vienna and Chantilly.
  • The Black Squirrel, a DC-based gastropub. This would be its third location.
  • Honeygrow, a Philly-based fast-casual chain serving stir-fry, salads and more.
  • BGR The Burger Joint, which was first announced in January.
  • Mezza Mediterranean Grille and Nando’s Peri-Peri, which were both announced last spring.

In addition, a Forever Nails location is listed as coming soon.

When asked for further details about the potential new businesses, a JBG spokesperson told Reston Now that the company is “working on a variety of leases and will hope to announce in the coming weeks.” We will provide more information about the new businesses when it is provided to us.

JBG announced late last year that it has further plans for the property, including two multifamily residential buildings and three more office buildings.

by Dave Emke — May 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm 7 Comments

A Market Street storefront that until recently housed a frozen yogurt shop is being advertised as the future home of a raw-fish eatery.

Signage at 11990-C Market St. promotes a restaurant called PokeHub as coming soon to the space. That was the home of Iceberry, which closed April 30 after 10 years in business.

Very little information is available about PokeHub. A website listed for the restaurant provides no further details as of yet.

Poke (pronounced “po-kay”) is a traditional Hawaiian salad made with raw fish, often yellowfin or bigeye tuna. It has become very popular nationally in recent years, and it is on the menu of several restaurants in the area.

The 1,152-square foot location is within the Retail at Midtown property, which is owned by the JBG Companies. Other retail establishments on the property include Il Fornaio, Roosters, Subway, Midtown Jewelers, BB&T and Midtown Kabob. The address is also home to the Midtown Condominiums.

We have left a message with JBG and this article will be updated if more information about the new tenant is provided.

by Karen Goff — October 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm 8 Comments

Rendering of completed RTC West/Credit JBG

The JBG Companies’ Reston Town Center West project has big plans for expansion.

JBG has filed a rezoning application and development plan with Fairfax County Planning to permit the addition of 1.3 million more square feet of development to what is currently being built in the development on Sunset Hills Road about one-quarter of a mile from the future Reston Town Center Metro Station.

RTC West expansion plans/Credit: JBGThe space is currently an office park, which JBG is in the process of repurposing by adding 40,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space to the ground floor of existing buildings. The 13.77-acre property already has two four-story parking garages.

The plan for the second phase calls for about 675,000 square feet of residential (about 700 units) in two multifamily buildings; 650,000 square feet of office space in three new buildings and ground floor retail throughout the property. The plans also call for 3,100 parking spaces.

JBG plans to construct the new office buildings on the southern side of the property along Sunset Hill Road, for maximum visibility from the Dulles Toll Road. The residential towers will be built to the northeast, closer to the W&OD and Town Center Parkway.

The county planning commission hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The first phase of RTC West already has leases signed for a nearly 10,000-square-foot Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Nando’s Peri-Peri and Mezeh Mediterranean Grill. It is expected to open some time in 2017.

Renderings courtesy JBG

by Karen Goff — January 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm 12 Comments

Updated Thursday with information on what “VY” means.

JBG Companies’ Reston Heights Phase II has a new name: VY at Reston Heights, according to signage at the construction site.

A JBG spokeswoman said this about the name:

“VY is an abbreviation of very, and creates a unique word that allows us to inject further meaning into it when the marketing campaign is launched. Once the name VY is inserted within the context of the brand, it will evoke the vitality and velocity of this new addition to Reston Heights.”

The former site of the Reston International Center’s convenience stores, a bank and a Chili’s Bar and Grill were razed in recent weeks to make way for the mixed-use development.

The Westin Reston Heights, Mercer Condominiums and office buildings make up the first phase of Reston Heights, which was completed several years ago.

The second phase, approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2013, will have a six-story residential building, a 15-story residential building, a five-story building that incorporates a parking garage with residences and retail space; and a 10-story building that mixes office space, parking and retail space.

The plan includes 145,000 square feet of above-grade retail, 100,00 square feet of below-grade retail, 428,225 square feet of office and 498 residential units.

The only major tenant signed thus far is 24 Hour Fitness, a JBG spokeswoman said.

However, a rendering at the construction site gives a sneak peek into the cafes, shops and outdoor seating that will eventually be at the development.

by Karen Goff — June 8, 2015 at 9:30 am 8,208 15 Comments

(Updated 11:20 a.m. Monday with quote from Reston Kabob owner)

Reston Kabob, a locally owned restaurant in the Reston International Center’s convenience center on Sunrise Valley Drive, will close its doors at the end of July, employees said.

The restaurant is the last remaining tenant at the convenience center located at 11844 Sunrise Valley Dr.

The 7-Eleven located two doors down from Reston Kabob closed its doors on May 31, and Sunrise Cleaners, located next door, also recently closed.

The departures are not a surprise as the area is slated for a massive redevelopment. Chili’s Bar & Grill across the parking lot closed late last year, and a Wells Fargo Bank branch has been empty since last August.

Reston Kabob’s Masoud Shoja says the restaurant is talking to dh  are in talks with property owner JBG about possibly returning once the project is complete.

“It’s more likely than not we will return,” he said. “However, the projected completion date is set for 2017-2018 and a lot can happen from now until then.”

The Shojas will still operate their other nearby restaurant, Grill Kabob, 905 Herndon Parkway.

Developer The JBG Companies is planning the second phase of its Reston Heights development, which will include a six-story residential building, a 15-story residential building, a five-story building that incorporates a parking garage with residences and retail space; and a 10-story building that mixes office space, parking and retail space.

The plan includes 145,000 square feet of above-grade retail, 100,00 square feet of below-grade retail, 428,225 square feet of office and 498 residential units.

No construction start date has been announced.

Plans call for a 15-story addition to the Reston International Center office tower, though JBG sold the building to American Real Estate Partners for $35 million February of this year.

JBG first had a plan for the area approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2008. That plan featured 498 residential units, 245,000 square feet of retail and nearly 430,000 square feet of office in six buildings.

In the newer plans, approved by the supervisors in 2013, the numbers are similar, but the design has changed to better engage with the surrounding environment.

Only the stand-alone Popeye’s will remain as a holdover from current tenants.

There will be an entrance to the development from the Reston Parkway side, something the area currently lacks.

In a presentation to the Reston Association Design Review Board in 2013, Cunningham Quill Architects and Olin, a landscape architecture firm, said they were seeking a design that engages with the landscape and connects with the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station via bike and foot paths.

The new plans will also be harmonious with the adjacent Reston Heights project, also built by JBG. That includes the Westin Reston Heights hotel and the Mercer Condominium, as well as office space.

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