Summer Restaurant Week Kicks Off Today — “Several Reston restaurants will be among 250 in DC, Maryland, and Virginia participating in the summer 2019 Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week. The event will be held Aug. 12 to 18.” [Reston Patch]
Local Schools Compete at Hidden Creek Country Club — “The 10th Annual George Pavlis Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by McLean HS at Hidden Creek golf course will have 17 teams from VA high schools competing. Good viewing areas are any of the RA paths and sidewalks along North Shore Drive between Golf View Court and Links Drive. Teams will be placed at each of 18 holes for the start, so activity from all vantage points. ” [Rescue Reston]
Mental Health First Aid Training — The county is offering a two-day certification course to help communities better understand mental illness and respond to psychiatric emergencies. While county employees can attend free of charge, materials cost $25. [Fairfax County Government]
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The Candle Bar, a Nashville-based store that allows customers to craft candles, plans to open in Reston Town Center soon.
The business allows patrons to pick from fragrances and pour wax into a vessel of their choosing.
Company representatives did not return multiple requests for comment from Reston Now.
County permits indicate that the business plans to open on 1816 Library Street. Rappaport, an accredited management organization, has also reporting on the company’s planned expansion to Reston Town Center and Georgetown.
It is expected to take over space previously occupied by The Tasting Room Wine Bar and Shop, which closed in February.
Photo via The Candle Bar/Facebook
The case, which was filed in May in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, continues to rattle the company. The RTC location’s doors have been shuttered for more than two months.
A spokesperson for Vapiano said the company has not announced a reopening date. The new owners — Plutos Sama Holdings, Inc. (PSH) — are expected to provide an update soon.
Representatives of PSH alleged that individuals attempted to take over the chain and intentionally thwart PSH’s attempts to maintain operation of three Vapiano locations.
According to court documents, the complaint alleges the individuals — including one man known as the “King of Ports” — attempted to launder money through the restaurant chain, including funds amassed through questionable shipping transactions in Guatemala.
So far, little to no movement has been made in court. According to the docket, the case was assigned to a local judge, but no updates from the accused parties have come forward.
In early June, an attorney representing PSH expected the restaurant to open within a month. That attorney has not returned repeated calls and emails from Reston Now over the last three weeks.
Prior to the extended temporary closure that began in late May, the RTC location closed sporadically throughout the year. Prior to the release of the suit, company officials told Reston Now the company was undergoing major restructuring, training, and managing payroll delays.
North Italia, which the company describes as a “modern Italian concept,” will officially open its doors in Reston Town Center on Wednesday (July 31).
Fox Restaurant Concepts — which also brought True Food Kitchen to Mosaic District — is behind th restaurant, which is located at 11898 Market Street.
It takes over space previously occupied by Neyla Mediterranean Bistro.
The menu includes a mix of pastas, pizza and salads. Brunch is available on the weekend.
For nine years, Kalypso’s Sports Tavern has offered restaurant-goers a spot for lakefront dining, local sports and cocktails.
To mark its anniversary, the sports bar unveiled a new outdoor bar, which has a dedicated bartender and lakefront views. The bar was installed on July 3.
Kalypso’s is located at 1617 Washington Plaza N and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day except Saturday, when it opens at 10 a.m.
The business takes its name from Kalypso, a nymph from Homer’s Odyssey who restaurant representatives say embodies the beauty and hospitality of Lake Anne.
Photo via Kalypso’s/Facebook
Foodies can enjoy discounted prix fixe meals in mid-August during the Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week.
More than 200 restaurants in the District, Maryland and Virginia are set to participate in the event, which takes place from Monday, August 12 to Sunday, August 18. Restaurants will offer brunch and lunch for $22 and dinner for $35.
In Reston, four eateries will provide discounted lunch and dinner:
- Founding Farmers (1904 Reston Metro Plaza)
- The Melting Pot (11730 Plaza America Drive)
- Morton’s The Steakhouse (11956 Market Street)
- PassionFish (11960 Democracy Drive)
Restaurant menus have not yet been posted on the event’s website. Guests taking part in restaurant week can also sign up for a diner rewards program, which gives guests who opt-in exclusive access to deals on meals and prizes.
The event is organized by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, a regional trade association that represents restaurants and the food-service industry in the DC-area.
Photo via RAMV
Boston Market in North Point Village Center has officially closed.
A company spokesperson told Reston Now that the restaurant, which is known for its takeout rotisserie chicken, had its last day of business on Sunday, July 7.
The closure comes as nearly 10 percent of Boston Market locations across the country shutter, including the Sterling location in Cascades Marketplace.
“We must take steps to ensure our operational structure will support long-term sustainability,” wrote CEO Frances Allen in a letter. “Part of that effort involves continuously analyzing our geographic footprint and real estate portfolio to assess the ongoing viability of locations.”
The next closest Boston Market is in Fairfax at 13059 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.
Photo by Laura Crielly
To celebrate its unofficial birthday on Thursday, July 11, 7-Eleven stores across the country will be hosting Free Slurpee Day.
Each year, the franchise offers free, ice-cold Slurpees to customers. The beverage, which is essentially a sweet slushee, was invented by accident in the late 1950s.
The first free Slurpee Day was celebration in correlation with 7-Eleven’s 75th birthday.
Here’s more from the company’s website:
The Slurpee, an exceptionally sweet, slushee-type beverage sold and marketed by 7-Eleven, was invented on accident back in the late 1950’s and originally bore the name ICEE. It later became the well-known drink that we love and adore, and in 2002, the very first National Free Slurpee Day was celebrated in correlation with 7-Eleven’s 75th birthday. The long-standing tradition allows one to stop by a participating 7-Eleven on July 11, between the hours of 11am and 7pm, and receive a free, 12 oz Slurpee (while supplies last — so get there early). Join us while we ode to the greatest summer drink of all time!
The free offer is limited to one per person and only apply to small Slurpees.
Map via Google Maps; photo via Greg Rosenke/Unsplash
North Italia, a national chain which makes pizzas made from scratch, is opening in Reston Town Center this month.
The 6,400-square-foot location will be the first in Northern Virginia. It is located at 11898 Market Street and will open on Wednesday, July 31.
The restaurant is hosting a job fair at the Reston location this week on tomorrow (July 3), Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
North Italia described its location as follows:
At North Italia, guests can expect to find handcrafted Italian food paired with a warm, contemporary atmosphere. From made-from-scratch pizzas and pastas, to a tempting assortment of wines, beers, and inventive cocktails, there is something to match everyone’s occasion and palate.
Highlights include Prosciutto Bruschetta with crescenza cheese, grilled asparagus, truffle, grana Padano from the ‘small plates’ section; Funghi Pizza with roasted mushroom, cipollini onion, smoked mozzarella; Squid Ink Mafaldine with white shrimp, calamari, acqua pizza, mint, fennel pollen, Calabrian chili from the ‘pasta’ section; Wagyu Skirt Steak with asparagus, sweet potato, salsa verde, arugula, grana Padano from the ‘entrees’ section. Also not to be missed is the restaurant’s extensive selection of house-made cocktails, including the Milano Mule with District-made vodka, aperol, lime, ginger beer, and Sicilian Margarita with blanco tequila, fiorente elderflower, greenbar ginger, cucumber, and lime.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch. Dinner hours from Sunday through Thursday are from 4-10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 4-11 p.m.
Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Photo via North Italia
The Black Squirrel, a D.C beer bar that inked a deal to open near the Reston Town Center Metro Station two years ago, has backed away from plans to open in the area.
According to a spokesperson for JBG Smith, the developer behind RTC West, The Black Squirrel will no longer open at RTC West, which is anchored by Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurant. The company did not indicate why this was the case.
Sense of Thai, a Thai restaurant, is expected to open in place of the beer bar by the first quarter of 2020. Infinity Spa and Nails is already open.
Señor Ramon Taqueria opened today (Monday) in the former location of Hibiscus Thai Cuisine (11790-A Baron Cameron Avenue).
The Mexican restaurant, which serves street-style food, will offer items like tacos, empanadas, street corn, and sliders. It is similar to other locations in Leesburg, Sterling, and Chantilly.
It will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today (Monday).
The sign for the storefront will not be installed for another two weeks, a company spokesperson told Reston Now.
Photo via Señor Ramon Taqueria/Facebook
The manager of the Reston location said reopening took some time because of construction and replacements required for kitchen hoods.
“We’re excited to be open. Business has been good so far,” the manager told Reston Now.
The fast-casual cheesesteak, sub sandwich and pizza franchise has more than two dozen locations in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, according to its website.
Lane Closures Planned on Eastbound Sunset Hills Road — The road near the Wiehle-Reston East Station will be closed several days this week to allow Silver Line Phase II crews to complete stormwater management work. Closures are in effect today (Monday) and Thursday (June 13) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Friday (June 14) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]
The Post’s Sietsema Reviews Bombay Velvet in Reston — Tom Sietsema writes that the upscale Indian restaurant in RTC West has “fine aspirations with an uneven start.” [The Washington Post]
Reston-based SAIC Has “Stout Revenue Growth” — “Amid the torch-passing between outgoing CEO Tony Moraco and CEO-elect Nazzic Keene on Thursday’s first quarter earnings call, Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) delivered stout revenue growth fostered by its acquisition of Engility Holdings Inc. The Reston-based technology contractor reported $1.6 billion in revenue for the quarter, a 37% increase from the prior year, fueled largely by growth attributed to the Engility buy, which closed in January.” [Washington Business Journal]
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Two new restaurants are coming to Comstock’s Reston Station by early 2020.
Matchbox will take up a 6,000 square feet in Comstock’s Helmet Jahn building at 1900 Reston Metro Plaza. Big Buns will occupy 3,000 square feet in the BLVD apartment building at 1908 Reston Metro Plaza.
The latest tenants join other businesses like Starbucks and Founding Farmers in what Comstock is now calling the “Metro Plaza District.”
Comstock issued the following in a release today (Monday):
“We are delighted to add matchbox and Big Buns to our best-in-class merchandising at Reston Station,” said Tim Steffan, EVP/Asset Management at Comstock. “In choosing Reston Station, these popular brands will benefit from the high-traffic and upwardly mobile demographics of one of the largest mixed-use, transit-oriented developments in the Washington region.”
Strategically located midway between Tysons Corner and Dulles International Airport, Reston Station is among the largest mixed-use, transit-oriented developments in the Washington, D.C. area. Covering nearly 40 acres spanning the Dulles Toll Road and surrounding the Wiehle Reston-East Metro Station at the terminus of Phase I of Metro’s Silver Line, Reston Station is already home to more than 1,000 residents, numerous corporate headquarters, multiple retail establishments, and several restaurants. Comstock recently announced that Google has leased several floors in the Helmut Jahn designed office tower and anticipates additional announcements regarding additional leases in the near future.
The restaurants are expected to open later this year or by early 2020.
M & S Grill’s former spot in Reston Town Center will likely remain vacant for more than two years.
True Food Kitchen, a restaurant that aims to offer “healthy, chef driven, seasonal food,” will not open until June of next year. The chain will fill the vacant spot at 11901 Democracy Drive, which has been empty since M & S closed last year on New Year’s Day.
A spokesperson for the company told Reston Now now that opening day could be delayed if there are any construction hiccups over the next several months.
The restaurant offers food based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet. The chain has locations across the country, including one in Arlington and Fairfax.