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by Dave Emke October 2, 2017 at 11:30 am 15 Comments

A former Burger King in the North Point Village Center has been demolished this morning, as its replacement is hoping to get building soon.

According to a post on the Facebook page for Chick-fil-A North Point Village, the demolition project at 1494 North Point Village Center began at about 7 a.m. Monday. “Pending a fair winter,” according to the post, the Chick-fil-A will be built on the site and ready for the public by March 15.

Had our first construction phone conference today with some great news:1. Demo begins Monday 10/2 on the old BK…

Posted by Chick-fil-A North Point Village on Friday, September 29, 2017

The new Chick-fil-A will be more than 1 1/2 times the size of the building that had been on the site, franchisees Larry and Andrea Everett explained in an earlier post on the Facebook page.

Chick-fil-A has a very specific design just for North Point Village. This is NOT your standard restaurant footprint. The space needed to match the image for the community exceeded the footprint of the old BK. So Chick-fil-A absorbed the cost and designed a beautiful store that mirrors the expectations for the community.

The Everetts say renderings of the future restaurant “do not [do] it justice.”

The Chick-fil-A was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in March 2016. It will be the second Chick-fil-A in Reston, along with the existing location at 12160 Sunset Hills Road, about 2 1/2 miles away.

For more information, like the Chick-fil-A North Point Village Facebook page.

by RestonNow.com September 8, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

It will be another busy weekend in the Reston/Herndon area.

Among the highlights will be the 34th annual Reston Triathlon, which will start at 7 a.m. Sunday at Lake Audubon. Those taking part will swim 1,500 meters in Lake Audubon, bike 40 kilometers on area roadways and run 10 kilometers on Reston pathways, ending at the South Lakes High School stadium.

Some traffic in South Reston will be affected by the event. Take note of the attached map of which roads will have bike traffic during the event, which is scheduled to last until about 11 a.m.

Volunteers are still needed for the event, as well.

Even if you aren’t taking part in the triathlon, though, there is plenty else to do around the area this weekend too. Listed below are some other events that you can enjoy.

(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)

  • The JamBrew series continues tonight in Herndon. Aslin Beer Co. will be pouring frosty mugs, Weird Brothers Coffee will be offering tasty drinks, Nordic Knot Pretzels will provide tasty snacks, and there will be much more. Live music will be offered from MK Skillz, Shane Gamble and Burn the Ballroom. The free event is slated for 6-10 p.m. at the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn St.).
  • North Point Village Center will celebrate the arrival of fall Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a Fall Kick-Off event. Washington Redskins great and former All-Pro defensive end Dexter Manley will meet fans at Glory Days Grill (1400 North Point Village Center) from noon to 2 p.m., while the event will also feature carnival games, roaming characters for kids, a DJ playing music, a moon bounce and more.
  • DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a charity event to benefit Canine Companions for Independence, will be at Reston Town Center on Sunday. Admission and parking are free.
  • The next exhibition at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.), featuring the work of D.C.-based artist Sue Wrbican, opens Saturday with a free public reception Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery. “Sue Wrbican: Well Past the Echo” will be on view through Nov. 18.
  • The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
  • Lake Anne is also hosting Sunday Yoga on the Plaza each week, at 9:30 a.m.
  • There will be a ChalkFest workshop Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reston Town Center (11900 Market St.). The free event will be hosted by Public Art Reston.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner display “Disgraced,” exploring Muslim assimilation and identity in America, will be performed at NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) tonight at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m.; and at a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets range in price from $17.50 to $55.
  • The Water Mine (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive) will “go to the dogs” Sunday for its annual Dog Daze event. Suggested donation is $10 per dog. In addition to the doggie splashing, there will be a canine resource fair, door prizes, demonstrations and more.
  • The Herndon Garden Tour, slated for Sunday, will feature five private gardens, as well as the Monarch butterfly waystation at Runnymede Park. Painting demos, garden music and more will also be offered. Gardeners will be on hand during the self-guided tour to discuss their gardens and answer questions. Cost is $15; children 12 and under can participate for free.
  • An open house at The Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Drive) is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.
  • At Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive), the movie “Musicals” will be shown from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.
  • United Christian Parish (11508 North Shore Drive) will host a panel of community and faith leaders on Sunday at 2 p.m. for what it is calling a “post-Charlottesville town hall.” According to information provided by the church, residents are invited to take part in the “[discussion of] bigotry and unconscious bias as we seek to work together to heal the wounds.”
  • Many restaurants and bars in Reston will have live music this weekend. These include: Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) from 7-10 p.m every Friday and Saturday night; Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.) every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) every Friday from 6-10 p.m.
  • Kalypso’s Sports Tavern (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music from Catchin’ Toads tonight from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and DJ Kram will play Top 40 hits during those hours Saturday night.

by Dave Emke September 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm 4 Comments

North Point Village Center will celebrate the arrival of fall and the football season next weekend with a special event featuring a Washington Redskins great.

Two-time Super Bowl champion Dexter Manley will participate in the Fall Kick-Off event at the plaza Saturday, Sept. 9. The former All-Pro defensive end will meet fans at Glory Days Grill (1400 North Point Village Center) from noon to 2 p.m. that day.

The plaza’s celebration, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will also feature carnival games, roaming characters for kids, a DJ playing music, a moon bounce and more. The event also advertises “great savings, free food, prizes [and] giveaways.”

Video from last year’s event, which featured an appearance by former Redskins running back Clinton Portis, is available on property manager Lerner’s YouTube channel.

For more information about this and other events at North Point Village Center, check its website.

Image from 2016 event via Lerner/YouTube

by Dave Emke September 1, 2017 at 10:15 am 18 Comments

Plans to tear down the former Burger King at North Point Village Center and replace it with a Chick-fil-A appear to be moving forward.

Fairfax County earlier this week processed a permit application for demolition of the former Burger King restaurant at 1494 North Point Village Center. The demolition must be done to make room for the new Chick-fil-A, which will be more than 1 1/2 times the size of the current building on the site.

The new Chick-fil-A was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in March 2016. It will be the second Chick-fil-A in Reston, along with the existing location at 12160 Sunset Hills Road, about 2 1/2 miles away. Another chicken restaurant, Boston Market, sits next to the North Point site.

We have reached out to North Point property manager Lerner Retail for more details about when the demolition process will begin and how long it will take. We will provide that information when it is made available.

by Dave Emke August 9, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

FCPS Social Emotional Wellness Systems Honored — FCPS was recognized for its work to establish a multi-tiered system of support for mental wellness, designed to complement its existing framework for academics and behavior. It includes services for the prevention, early intervention, and treatment of mental health and promotion of wellness. South Lakes High School is one of five in Fairfax County working toward the goal. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

September Event Will Benefit Brain Aneurysm Foundation — Tom and Nancy Susco lost their 25-year-old son to a brain aneurysm 10 years ago. They hold their annual “Running With Tim” fundraiser, scheduled for Sept. 16 this year, to honor his memory and raise money for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and the Washington Regional Transplant Community. [Connection Newspapers/Susco8K.com]

Crab Wagon Coming to North Point Giant — Hooper’s Crab House, from Ocean City, Maryland, is visiting Giant stores in the area each weekend through October. It will be at the Giant at North Point Village Center this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it return Sept. 23. [Hooper’s Crab House]

Ballot Out for Best Reston Business Awards — Email list subscribers received their ballots for the 2017 Best Reston Business Awards at 10 a.m. Tuesday. If you signed up after that and missed it, don’t worry: It will be sent out again before the Aug. 15 deadline. [Reston Now]

by Dave Emke February 16, 2017 at 9:00 am 5 Comments

Morning Notes

Trump Wine Flying Out the Door — As grocery chain Wegmans faces scrutiny for selling Trump Winery products, wine stores around D.C. are reporting booming sales. In Reston, The Wine Cabinet (1416 North Point Village Center) says they’ve sold more than 10 cases since Election Day — and they could have sold more, co-owner Mike Mackie said, if they hadn’t run out. [The Hill]

CrossFit Gym to Open in HerndonCrossFit 286 (293 Sunset Park Drive) has a grand opening slated for Saturday, Feb. 25. [Herndon Patch]

Area Couple on the Road Performing Show — Sam and Susan Simon are presenting “The Actual Dance,” the true story of their journey through Susan’s breast cancer diagnosis, this weekend in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. Susan Simon is the former marketing director at Tall Oaks of Reston. [Elmira Star-Gazette]

ArtSpace Herndon Kicks Off Concert Series — Guitarist-songwriter Parthenon Huxley played with indie rocker and violinist Ben Hoyt as Herndon’s arts district began its 2017 concert series last weekend. In addition to original music, the performers played love songs from ELO and the Beatles. [Reston Connection]

by Dave Emke January 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm 20 Comments

The permitting process for a new Chick-fil-A in North Point Village Center continues.

Fairfax County records show the application to build the new free-standing restaurant was processed last month.

The new restaurant will replace the former Burger King at the location (1494 North Point Village Center), which closed in 2014. It is planned to be more than 1 1/2 times the size of the old building, which will be torn down in the process.

Another chicken eatery, Boston Market, sits next door to the site.

The new Chick-fil-A was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last spring. It will be the second Chick-fil-A in Reston, along with the existing location at 12160 Sunset Hills Road, about 2 1/2 miles away.

by Jennifer van der Kleut December 29, 2016 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Update at 5:30 p.m. — The teen has been found safe, according to Fairfax County police. “Officers located Elliott Byrum a short time ago,” the police department said Thursday afternoon. “He is in good health and will be reunited with his family shortly. Thanks to all concerned.”

Fairfax County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a “critical” missing teen last seen in Reston.

Police said 17-year-old Elliot Byrum was last seen in front of the Giant grocery store in the North Point Village Center (1452 Reston Parkway) around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday. Byrum reportedly works at the grocery store, but never went inside and checked in for his shift.

Police said they are concerned for Elliot’s well-being due to mental health issues.

“We have reason to believe he may be in danger due to mental disabilities and his family is concerned for his well-being,” police said in a statement early Thursday morning.elliot-byrum-courtesy-fcpd

Elliot is described as 5-foot-9, around 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be wearing his Giant grocery work t-shirt. Photos distributed by police also show him wearing glasses.

Anyone who thinks they may have information about Elliot Byrum or his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Bill Woolf at 703-246-4059 or the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131. Anonymous tips can also be called into Crime Solvers at 1-865-411-TIPS.

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by RestonNow.com June 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Pet Valu Logo Pick up a new pet buddy — and some of his gear — this weekend at Pet Valu North Point Village Center’s Grand Opening celebration.

The new store has been open at 1422 North Point Village Center for about month, but will celebrate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

Several pet rescue groups will be on site with pets to adopt. Here is the schedule:

Guests can enjoy fun with a face painter and clown, as well as games, raffle prizes and complimentary refreshments.Canine visitors will also have the opportunity to bob for tennis balls.

The first 50 customers who make a purchase will receive a special goody bag with fun animal supplies.

by Karen Goff June 10, 2016 at 12:20 pm 3 Comments

Reston has a new pet supply store. Pet Valu recently opened its doors at 1422 North Point Village Center.

Pet Valu, a national franchise that also has a South Lakes Village Center store, sells pet supplies, food, toys and other necessities. It also hosts pet rescue groups for weekend adoption events.

The North Point store features a do-it-yourself dog washing station.

There will be an all-day grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 25. The day will feature raffles, prizes, adoption information, goody bags, balloon art, magic, and more, says Pet Valu.

by Karen Goff May 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm 5 Comments

There are a batch of men’s grooming opening around Reston, but the owners of North Point Barber say their niche is old-school, no-nonsense men’s hair care.

Cousins Trang Nguyen and Kevin Do opened North Point Barbers at 1436 North Point Village Center about two weeks ago. Even though the shop is a few doors down from a Hair Cuttery and the high-end KLS Studios, Nguyen says they know they have a market.

“We are not doing color,” said Nguyen, who worked at nearby Reston Barber Shop for 10 years. “Nothing fancy. Just making men look handsome.”

Customer Joseph Britto, getting a haircut on Wednesday, says that’s what brought him into the shop.

“I am just a guy who wants a straightforward haircut,” he said.

Cuts at North Point Barber are $14, with discounts for kids, seniors and military members. They also offer hot towel shaves. Walk-ins are welcome.

North Point Barber is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 703-429-1147.

by Karen Goff May 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm 7 Comments

NP Barber

The owners of a new barbershop at North Point Village Center say they will be opening their doors on Friday.

North Point Barber will provide men’s hair care and grooming at 1436 North Point Village Center. The space was formerly occupied by Fotoimage 1HR, which closed in January.

There has been a run of men’s grooming locations popping up around Reston in the last year. High-end salon Joe Grooming (now PR Barbers) opened at Reston Town Center, and an outpost of Roosters Men’s Grooming will also open on Market Street next week.

At North Point, there is also a wide selection of places to get groomed, including KLS Salon, Hair Cuttery, Massage Envy and Sahel’s Medical Spa & Beauty Studio.

by Karen Goff March 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm 34 Comments

Chick Fil A rendering/Credit: Fairfax County

Chick-fil-A’s planned store at North Point Village Center will be 58 percent bigger than the current Burger King building that occupies that location.

Chick-fil-A plans to tear down the Burger King building to build the new restaurant. In its place, it plans a new restaurant with an exterior that better coordinates with existing buildings at North Point, according to a Fairfax County Planning Department staff report.

The Burger King space at 1490 North Point Village Center has been vacant since March of 2014. Chick-fil-A filed its applications with the county in November. Chick-fil-A has an existing location at 12160 Sunset Hills Rd., about 2 1/2 miles away.

The staff report recommends approval of the project, which will have a public hearing before the county planning commission on March 16 at 8:15 p.m.

Some of the development conditions include:

  • Screening the trash dumpsters
  • Adding secure bike racks
  • Installing water-efficient landscaping
  • Using environmentally conscious building materials
  • Using EnergyStar-certified appliances

The Reston Planning and Zoning Committee has expressed concern that going from the drive-thru to the shopping center’s exit will involve a complicated U-turn. Chick-fil-A reps said the North Point exit lane will be widened to 12 feet, but that the area between the drive-thru and the village center exit would not be changed.

by Karen Goff March 3, 2016 at 10:30 am 15 Comments

 Chick-fil-A plans to tear down the former Burger King building at North Point Village Center in order to make way for a new building to house the restaurant.

Chick-fil-A has filed a Planned Residential Community application with the Fairfax County Planning Commission, which will be heard at the planning commission’s March 16 meeting.

The new PRC plan is necessary so that Chick-fil-A can have a slightly bigger restaurant with an expanded drive-thru, land use attorneys told the Reston Planning and Zoning committee last month.

The Burger King space at 1490 North Point Village Center has been vacant since March of 2014. Chick-fil-A filed its applications with the county in November. Chick-fil-A has an existing location at 12160 Sunset Hills Rd., about 2 1/2 miles away.

John Martinez, Development Manager with Chick-fil-A, Inc., told the Reston P&Z committee the new location will have 96 seats and a children’s play area. There will be outdoor seating for approximately twenty diners, he added.

Martinez also said the North Point location will be a custom project, slightly smaller than is typical for Chick-fil-A because of the size and layout of the site.

There will be 15 dedicated parking spaces at the restaurant, as well as shared parking in the main parking area of the village center, Martinez said.

The new building will be slightly lower (19 feet compared with 21 feet) than the current one, but will contain an additional five feet for standard Chick-fil-A “tower components.”

Two trees will be removed due to configuration of the parking area, but additional landscaping is planned, the Chick-fil-A representatives said.

P&Z Committee members expressed concern that it would involve a complicated U-turn to get from the end of the drive-thru to the village center’s exit lane. Martinez said the exit lane will be widened to 12 feet, but that the area between the drive-thru and the village center exit would not be changed.

A county staff report featuring renderings will be made available next week.

Shuttered Burger King location at North Point/file photo

by Karen Goff January 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm 10 Comments

Fotoimage 1HRThe space at 1436 North Point Village Center will not be vacant for long.

Fotoimage 1HR, Reston’s last remaining photo processing store, will close Jan. 30. A barber shop is slated to open in its place soon.

Permits have been filed by the owners of what will be called North Point Barber. No word yet on whether it will be a traditional barber shop or a high-end one in the style of Joe Grooming and Roosters Men’s Grooming (coming soon) at Reston Town Center.

North Point has several other personal care storefronts, including KLS Salon, Hair Cuttery, Massage Envy and Sahel’s Medical Spa & Beauty Studio.

No opening date has been announced.

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