As COVID-19 continues to cause major economic disturbances across the country, Visit Fairfax has a new program to support local businesses and people impacted by the pandemic.
Fairfax County is heavily reliant on tourism and visitors for conferences. Visit Fairfax’s president Barry Biggar said the organization is working to combat some of the economic downturn.
Biggar said restrictions on non-essential businesses coupled with the economic downturn have had “devastating” consequences for local businesses, services and eateries in the last three weeks.
While many restaurants are trying to pivot by offering delivery, curbside pickup and delivery, some have temporarily closed. Biggar said that he expects many won’t reopen.
Visit Fairfax staffers are trying to help coordinate tools for the community through the “Fairfax First” program, he said.
The program is a collection of tools, lists and opportunities that residents can take advantage of to support themselves and others during this turbulent time, according to the website. It includes fun things to do while at home, virtual tours of popular attractions, mental health resources and ways to support local businesses.
Visit Fairfax is also promoting “Virginia Is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week,” which runs from March 30-April 5.
“Virginians are encouraged to order takeout, delivery or curbside pickup from local restaurants and to use the hashtag #VirginiaEatsLocal to spread the word,” according to Visit Fairfax’s website.
Last year around this time, hotels in the area were at or above 70% capacity, according to Biggar, who added that now they are at or below 18%.
Around Virginia, he said more than 24,000 people in the service industry have lost their jobs permanently due to staffing cuts.
Along with other resources, Visit Fairfax coordinated with local hotels to help first responders find a list of steeply discounted rooms that will put them up if they are either self-isolating away from their families or need another place to rest, according to Biggar.
As the pandemic continues in Fairfax County without any sign of slowing, Biggar said that he can’t make a judgment yet about how this will affect the economic well being of the area going forward, but does predict an eventual rise in domestic travel around the third and fourth quarters later this year.
Though things are “changing every day,” Biggar said he wants people to “start thinking and dreaming about what you want to do when this is over” in terms of vacations and getaways to boost the economy again.
Photo courtesy James B. Crusan III
Local Restonians can now get Chick-fil-A delivered directly to their doorstep beginning today (Thursday).
The location in north point Village Center is one of 200 stores selected by corporate headquarters for the operator-led service. Staff will be trained to handle and deliver food directly to homes and businesses in the area.
In a press release, the company noted that the North Point Village Center location was selected because of its “unique location deep within residential areas,” as well as “impressive growth and speed increases over the past two years.”
“This is both an honor and great responsibility. As we undertake this task, we are setting the pace for every Chick-fil-A in the country to more positively impact our communities,” said Larry Everett, the operator of the North Point location.
The service runs daily, except on Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can place orders using the Chick-fil-A app or place on order for mobile curbside pickup or mobile drive-thru. Customers can continue to use the drive-thru and front lobby to place orders.
Everett’s son Philip and operator of a store in Illinois was also selected for the service.
State Gov. Ralph Northam recently ordered restaurants, bars, and gym to enforce a 10-person limit in their establishments.
Unlike DC and Maryland where restaurants were ordered to close earlier this week, many local restaurants are continuing operations. Some are open with reduced hours and while others are shifting entirely to carry out and delivery.
Small businesses are reporting financial distress as COVID-19 continues to spread. So far, the county’s health district has 16 confirmed cases — a number that’s expected to rise as more people receive tests.
Here’s a list of spots to check out for takeout and delivery options. Please note that restaurants are updating hours and policies on a daily basis.
Carryout and Delivery
- Amphora: Reduced bakery hours on weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call ahead for curbside delivery
- Ariake: To-go orders only between 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- Bobby’s Bagel Cafe: Carryout and delivery offered
- CAVA: Some locations have closed, but the Reston location is open for pick up orders
- CarPool Herndon: Carryout offered; 10-guest limit for dine-in
- Charred: Customers can grab a $10 cheeseburger with chips and drinks all week.
- Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant: Foodservice discontinued, but the tasting room remains open
- Elden Street Tea Shop: Customers can place an order online
- Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern: Delivery and pick-up only via Doordash. Free delivery is offered within a 10-mile radius. The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
- Lake Anne Brew House: A new “taproom to go” site was launched yesterday (Thursday)
- Lucia’s Italian Ristorante: The restaurant is also open for dine-in
- Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls — The owner tells us the Reston Town Center location is open from noon to 7 p.m. Carryout, curbside pickup and free delivery in RTC are available
- Mission BBQ: Open for take-out and delivery only. Free delivery for all orders of $25 or more through March 31
- Founding Farmers: Delivery and takeout offered, with first respondents. Current and formers employees get 50 percent off for curbside pick up orders.
- Finn Thai: Open for dine-in, delivery and carryout
- Glory Days (North Point and Fox Mill Locations) — Carryout, online ordering and delivery
- Gregorio’s Trattoria: Open and also offering delivery and carryout
- Kalypso’s Sports Tavern: Free delivery and takeout
- Mezeh Mediterranean Grill: Pickup and delivery available. Buy one bowl, get one free.
- Morton’s The Steakhouse: Takeout offered from noon to 8 p.m. daily. Half off of select wines with purchase of food.
- Nando’s Peri-Peri: Delivery and carryout
- Nordic Knot: Orders can also be placed online
- North Italia: Delivery and carryout offered only
- Silver Diner (11951 Killingsworth Avenue): Carryout, curbside, and delivery online available
- Ted’s Bulletin: Dine-in is open “with strict sanitation and health checks,” according to the company
- The Counter: Online orders open
- The Melting Pot: Reduced hours from Sunday through Thursday, with an early closing time of 9 p.m.
- The Counter: Online orders open
- Virginia Kitchen: Open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Curbside service highly encouraged
- Weird Brothers Coffee: The Worldgate Metro Plaza location is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The roasting factory is open on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The coffee shop is also offering takeout, curbside delivery and local delivery
- Big Bowl
- Bombay Velvet
- Crafthouse: Gifts cards available for purchase online
- Mon Ami Gabi
- Not Your Average Joe’s
- Uncle Julio’s
Help us update this list by commenting below with the name of the business and a link with details
Photo via Lake Anne Brew House/Facebook
An empty spot Reston is looking for a new tenant.
Previously a sushi restaurant, the space at 1800 Michael Faraday Drive underwent work from the owner back in 2014, according to county documents, but no changes appear to have been made since then.
Reston Now was not able to find pending work permits in the Fairfax County system at the moment for the location. Employees from surrounding businesses are unsure what lies in store for the empty spot.
Reston Now wants to hear from readers what type of businesses they’d like to take over the spot.
More and more states are ordering eateries and entertainment venues to close or switch to delivery and take-out only to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
When the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to declare a local emergency earlier this morning, several supervisors mentioned how the county has limited authority to plan restrictions on eating establishments.
“We don’t have as much authority as people think we do,” Vice-Chair Penny Gross said. “We’re also at the mercy of the governor.”
A few days ago, D.C.’s mayor imposed new restrictions on restaurants and bars, prohibiting table seating and allowing them to offer delivery or take-out options. The restrictions also force nightclubs, theaters and health clubs to close for at least two weeks.
Municipalities have limited authority to take action because Virginia is a Dillon Rule state, Arlington Magazine reported, adding that Gov. Ralph Northam could issue a statewide declaration similar to Maryland’s.
Northam said this morning that the state will follow the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation to prevent gatherings of 10 or more people, but that he does not plan to place restrictions on restaurants, WHSV reported.
Northam is “asking them to abide by the ‘rule of 10’ and… encouraging them to focus on delivery and takeout options, instead of in-house dining,” according to WHSV.
Northam says he doesn't anticipate shutting restaurants down in the future, saying 45% of Virginians get meals from restaurants.
"I think we've got to be very careful, very prudent. We want to keep Virginia healthy. But we also know that they need to eat."
— Graham Moomaw (@gmoomaw) March 17, 2020
“At least 20 states have ordered that their restaurants and bars close to in-person diners amid the coronavirus pandemic,” The Hill reported earlier today.
The limited authority didn’t stop neighboring Arlington County to plead with restaurants and bars to “take responsible action and switch from dine-in service to only offering carryout and delivery.”
While the statement noted that Arlington County does not have the legal authority to force the changes, it said that COVID-19 cases could overwhelm Arlington if restaurants don’t limit community contact.
As of Monday, the Virginia Department of Health says there are 10 presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Fairfax County — a number that officials say is expected to grow.
Photo via Bombay Velvet
As state and local officials work to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, uncertainty remains on when new restaurants planned in Reston and Herndon will open.
Although the McDonald’s in that fast food complex, which is known as McTacoHut, recently underwent renovations, Pupatella Founding Partner Michael Berger tells Reston Now it would be hard to offer an anticipated opening date.
The company hopes to begin construction once it receives a building permit from the county.
“We are currently in the final stages of obtaining our building permit from Fairfax County,” Berger said.
The building no longer bears the name of Pizza Hut, which closed late last year after its lease ended.
“We are thrilled to be joining the Reston community and plan to open as quickly as we are able,” Berger said.
Sweetgreen has requested permission from Fairfax County to renovate property down the block from its current location 11935 Democracy Drive in Reston, according to county documents.
The chain salad restaurant submitted documents with Fairfax County to redesign the interior of a spot at 1824 Library Street in Reston Town Center.
A Sweetgreen representative said that a new location will be opening in the area, but did not specify what will happen to the current location.
The new location will include outdoor seating and a patio, according to the permits.
The eatery, with locations across the D.C. and Northern Virginia areas, serves a variety of seasonal salads and fresh eats, according to the website.
It is unclear when the new location will open.
Photo via Sweetgreen/Facebook
Lake Anne Plaza will welcome its first gourmet dive bar this week.
Local VA will hold its grand opening on Friday (Feb. 21) from 5-11 p.m.
The business takes the place of a Thai restaurant that closed last year at 1633 Washington Plaza.
The menu isn’t available to preview yet, but at a soft opening earlier four days ago, customers said the menu included steak frites, wings, macaroni and cheese, as well as other items.
Photo via Dylan Clark
A new Italian steakhouse is coming to Reston Station’s third office building at 1902 Reston Metro Plaza.
Boston-based Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse has leased 11,000 square feet of retail space at the Wiehe-Reston East Metro Station’s plaza.
The restaurant, which serves up northern Italian foods like aged steaks, pasta, and desserts, occupies retail space in a building that will be the future headquarters of international consulting firm ICF. Plans also include a Davio’s “grab and go” Italian market with ready-made selections.
Steve DiFillippo, the chef and owner of the steakhouse, says he’s looking forward to expanding his Boston-based business into the area.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to open a restaurant in Northern Virginia and what could possible be better than being at Reston Station,” DiFillippo said in a statement.
The restaurant expects to open in 2022 when ICF Global occupies the office tower in 2022.
Here’s more about Davio’s from Comstock:
The concept behind Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is simple, regional Italian food with a focus on the grill. Davio’s offers everything from prime aged steaks, fresh seafood and salads as well as handmade pasta creations. Davio’s takes great pride in serving guests with an expert kitchen and attentive staff in the dining room, offering an exceptional dining experience unlike any other with a focus on hospitality. Chef-Restaurateur, Steve DiFillippo published his first business and hospitality book, “It’s All About the Guest: Exceeding Expectations in Business and in Life the Davio’s Way.” For more information visit www.davios.com or www.stevedifillippo.com.
“Davio’s nationally renowned operation and award-winning menu compliments the existing range of offerings at Reston Station,” said Tim Steffan, EVP/Asset Management, Development and Leasing for Comstock. “We are delighted to have such a high caliber addition joining our food and beverage line-up in the Reston Station neighborhood.”
Other retail tenants that are part of Comstock’s second phase of development are also forthcoming. CVS Pharmacy plans to open on March 1. Big Buns Damn Good Burgers and matchbox have not officially indicated when they plan to open.
Attention, chicken lovers: Super Chicken, a Peruvian restaurant, is now open at Reston Heights.
The business celebrated its first day of business on President’s Day. It is located at VY, a residential building at 11830 Sunrise Valley Drive that is part of JBG Smith’s Reston Heights development.
Other planned groundfloor retail includes My Home Thai and California-based burger chain BurgerIM.
In late January, Reston Kabob reopened at Reston Heights.
Photo courtesy Super Chicken
The McDonald’s at McTacoHut in Reston has finally reopened after renovations.
The Reston location — which reopened on Monday (Feb. 10) — closed in early December and had expected to reopen by the end of 2019. The opening was stalled due to delays in the permitting process, according to a spokesperson for the company.
The business now has mobile ordering pay services, digital kiosks, and a more modern design. The renovation project was part of a nationwide effort to modernize McDonald’s locations across the country.
Restaurants Recognized for Safety Practices — Founding Farmers at Reston Station and the Hyatt Regency in Reston Town Center were recently recognized for promoting safety through actively managing practices. [Fairfax County Government]
Where to Report Potholes — “VDOT’s online reporting tool makes it easier to pinpoint exactly where you see a pothole. You can also report potholes directly from your mobile device and include images (**but NOT while driving!).” [Fairfax County Government]
Photo via R. Dawson/Flickr
A review of The Capital Grille in Reston Town Center — “Which came first? The hamburger or the hamburger restaurant? In the case of The Capital Burger, the new Reston Town Center restaurant, the hamburger came first, specifically a French-onion style burger with caramelized onions, Wisconsin Grand Cru Gruyère and shallot aioli.” [Reston Patch]
Reston Market Up By Five Percent — “We reached the end of a decade and the statistics for 2019 real estate transactions in Reston have been tallied. The news is good! The numbers are up 5 percent from 2018, with 1,383 total transactions* in 2019, an increase from 1,316 total transactions in 2018.” [The Connection]
Court at Newbridge Tennis Courts Closed — Court two is closed for maintenance purposes, but courts one, three and five will remain open. [Reston Association]
Photo via vantagehill/Flickr
Bonchon, a chain that serves Korean double-fried chicken, will open a location in Reston this year.
The restaurant will be located at 11652 Plaza America. County permits indicate a permit for interior changes was recently approved.
A company representative told Reston Now the restaurant is expected to open in June. The company — which announced plans to grow by 20 percent this year — also has a location in Herndon.
Photo via Bonchon
The sun rises again this week for a locally owned restaurant that specializes in kabobs and gyros.
After nearly five years, Reston Kabob is reopening today (Monday) at 11830 Sunrise Valley Drive.
The restaurant was forced to close its location in Reston International Center’s convenience center due to JBG Smith’s planned Reston Heights project, which includes 385 residential units.
Masoud Shoja, the owner, told Reston Now that the soft launch is planned today.
Reston Kabob will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Photos via Masoud Shoja