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by Dave Emke — March 20, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Fun in Fairfax - Instagram - Mar. 19

Reminder: RA Board Special Meeting Tonight  The special meeting of the Reston Association Board of Directors originally scheduled for March 14 will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at RA Headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the findings in StoneTurn Group’s review of Reston Association’s purchase of the Tetra/Lake House property and the subsequent overruns in the cost of its renovation. [Reston Association]

New Town Center Restaurant Seeks Employees — Hen Penny is the newest restaurant by Pheast Food Group, a subsidiary of Thompson Hospitality. Management says it is planning to open March 30 at 1820 Discovery St., the former home of Pheast’s BRB. The business is looking to hire cashiers, delivery drivers, cooks and more. [Pheast Food Group]

St. Johns Wood Redevelopment Again on Agenda — The Reston Planning & Zoning Committee will have an informational meeting March 27 at 7:30 p.m. on Bozzuto’s planned redevelopment of St. Johns Wood. [Reston Planning & Zoning Committee]

SLHS Grad’s Team Falls in NCAA Tournament — Princess Aghayere, South Lakes High School Class of 2015, played 12 minutes for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers in their NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament first-round game Saturday against Texas A&M. Penn led by 21 points early in the fourth quarter; however, Texas A&M staged the biggest comeback in women’s tournament history and came out victorious, 63-61. Aghayere scored 2 points and recorded 2 rebounds. [Penn Athletics]

Students Named to All-State Band, Orchestra — The All-Virginia High School Band and Orchestra will both perform April 8 in Manassas. Among the performers will be 77 students from Fairfax County, including several local students. On the All-State Band are Catie George and Mason Moy (South Lakes High School); and Nathan Coughlin, Noah McKee and Emma Rood (Herndon High School). Members of the All-State Orchestra include Herndon High’s James Adams and Ethan Morad. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Photo via @FunInFairfax on Instagram

by RestonNow.com — March 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm 8 Comments

Northern Virginia Restaurant WeekThe Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and other regional chambers are sponsoring the fifth annual Northern Virginia Restaurant Week, Monday through March 27.

Northern Virginia Restaurant Week is designed to offer the opportunity for people to enjoy dining at a number of participating restaurants at reduced prices. Restaurants participating in the event offer selections from their menu at special prices.

Restaurants in Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington and Prince William counties are all participating. In Reston, participating eateries include:

  • American Tap Room (1811 Library St.)
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill (12192 Sunset Hills Road)
  • Il Fornaio (11990 Market St.)
  • M&S Grill (11901 Democracy Drive)
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks (11920 Democracy Drive)
  • Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive)
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse (11956 Market St.)
  • Not Your Average Joe’s (1845 Fountain Drive)
  • Red’s Table (11150 South Lakes Drive)
  • Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.)
  • The Melting Pot (11730 Plaza America Drive)
  • Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive)
  • World of Beer (1888 Explorer St.)

To see special menus being offered as part of Restaurant Week, as well as a full list of participating businesses, visit the event’s website.

by Dave Emke — March 15, 2017 at 9:00 am 2 Comments

Morning Notes

Still Waiting for Willard’s — We reported in January that Willard’s BBQ would soon open at 11790 Baron Cameron Ave., in the Home Depot Shopping Center. On its Facebook page, the restaurant later said it was aiming for a March 14 opening. In a response to a follower’s question Tuesday, though, it now says it hopes to open by the “end of this month.” [Willard’s BBQ]

Red’s Table Chef Talks About Life of Cooking — Adam Stein, the executive chef at Red’s Table (11500 South Lakes Drive), talked with a culinary website about what fuels his passion for food. [The Daily Meal]

Young Professionals Event Slated for Brewery — The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce will host an event Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Crooked Run Brewing (22455 Davis Drive, Sterling). The event will be the kickoff of the Young Professionals Cocktail Connection Networking for the year. [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]

Reston-Based Company Sold — ObjectVideo, which develops video analytics software for automated security surveillance systems, is headquartered at 11600 Sunrise Valley Drive. The 19-year-old company, whose work has been widely used by the U.S. defense and intelligence communities, has been acquired by Tysons-based Alarm.com. [Washington Business Journal]

‘Rock of Ages’ Gets Good Review — Reston Community Players’ performance of “Rock of Ages” opened last weekend at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) and will play through April 1. A review says Chris Dore’s “sexy, fun” choreography does an excellent job “showcas[ing] very talented dancing in the ensemble.” Carole Steele’s costumes are said to be “transformative and appropriately gaudy” for the ’80s theme. [DC Metro Theater Arts]

by RestonNow.com — December 28, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Heron on Lake Newport (Flickr pool photo by Vantagehill)

South Lakes in Basketball Tourneys — The South Lakes varsity basketball teams are playing in regional tournaments this week. The girls team defeated Annandale 67-36 in a tournament in Oakton yesterday, while the boys team fell to Trinity Episcopal 74-56 in a tournament in Henrico.

Reston’s Missed Connections — Craigslist’s Missed Connection section is an interesting (albeit sometimes creepy) study in human interactions. The past three Reston missed connections have all been in chain restaurants: Panera Bread, Five Guys and Boston Market.

Flickr pool photo by Vantagehill

by RestonNow.com — December 27, 2016 at 10:15 am 3 Comments

Tuesday morning Sunrise (photo courtesy @MrErrett)

Top 5 Restaurants, Per OpenTable — According to OpenTable customer reviews, the top 5 restaurants in Reston are PassionFish, Big Bowl, Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, Il Fornaio and Neyla Mediterranean Bistro. [Patch]

Tetra Misses Revenue Forecast — Local advocacy group Reston 20/20 faults the Reston Association for “horrible” revenue forecasting for the RA’s Tetra/Lake House. Programming revenue for Tetra is expected to be $82,535 for 2016 compared to the $175,000 budgeted in May. Total costs, however, were below budget. [Reston 20/20]

Arlington to Reston Commute — Redditors are weighing in on the feasibility of an Arlington-to-Reston reverse commute. The emerging consensus: mornings aren’t too bad but evenings are rough. [Reddit]

Photo courtesy @MrErrett

by Karen Goff — December 22, 2015 at 11:30 am 5 Comments

Not Your Average Joe's LogoNot Your Average Joe’s, a new restaurant coming to the space formerly occupied by Romano’s Macaroni Grill, will open on Jan. 4, a spokesman said.

NYAJ was originally slated to open at 1845 Fountain Dr. on Dec. 21.

The Reston restaurant will be the fifth Massachusetts-based Not Your Average Joe’s to open in the Washington metropolitan area. There are outposts in Leesburg and Woodbridge, Va., as well as in Gaithersburg and Bethesda, Md.

NYAJ will be open for lunch and dinner, and has an extensive menu featuring seafood, steaks, creative appetizers, salads, stone hearth pizzas, and burgers. The menu also features seasonal selections.

Some of the specialty dishes: ahi tuna wontons served with pickled ginger and wasabi aioli; red-wine braised short ribs; and sage pecan salmon with a sage pecan pesto, chipotle mashed sweet potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts.

NYAJ will also feature an extensive wine list and more than 20 beers on tap, including several local craft brews such as Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager, Lost Rhino Faceplant IPA, and Flying Dog’s seasonal brew.

The 7,300 square-foot restaurant will seat 218, with a full bar and two seasonal outdoor patios offering an additional 100 seats. A private dining space accommodates 22 seated guests. The Reston location — which will take reservations — will feature an open-kitchen.

Not Your Average Joe’s will partner with local non-profit Cornerstones during its grand opening. All proceeds raised during the two-day preview celebrations will be donated to the organization, which is dedicated to providing support and advocacy for people in need of food, shelter, affordable housing and other human services.

NYAJ will continue to support Cornerstone through January with its ongoing “Not Your Average Cause” program, which provides 15 percent of proceeds to a selected cause every Tuesday.

by Karen Goff — December 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

PassionFish Reston/Credit: Passionfood HospitalityDon’t feel like cooking Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Several area restaurants are ready for you.

Christmas Eve

PassionFish at Reston Town Center is open. Check out the special menu on PassionFish’s website.

Red’s Table at South Lakes Village Center is open until midnight with its regular menu until 10 p.m.

Christmas Day

  • Tavern 64 at the Hyatt Regency Reston
  • Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro at the Westin Reston Heights
  • M&S Grill at Reston Town Center
  • McCormick & Schmick’s at Reston Town Center

Visit Open Table to make reservations and see business hours and special menus for the Reston restaurants above.

Generally, most Asian restaurants are open. Call your favorite one ahead of time to see if they are open.

Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are also expected to be open limited hours on Christmas Day. Check with your neighborhood store.

Passion Fish file photo

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