A Loudoun County couple plans to debut a new food truck that offers a selection of Afghan Tex-Mex in Herndon and Reston later this month.
Zainab Shoja and her husband Yousef plan to serve puffy tacos — a concept created in San Antonio — at the Sprint Campus (12525 Sunrise Valley Drive) on Jan. 27 and at Century Link (2900 Towerview Road) on Jan. 30. The food truck, called “Zainy’s Flyin’ Grill” will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Inspired by their Afghan heritage, Shoja says the food truck will also serve “kabobco” — a cross between a taco and kabob roll — bowls — and quesadillas. Meat options include chicken kabob, steak kabob, and gyro.
The food truck, which is registered to run in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, will first debut in Lansdowne at the Camden Apartments from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 25).
Shoja says she hopes the business adds a unique product to the local food scene.
“We grew up eating kabobs. We both love Mexican food,” Shoja said. “We wanted to stand out.”
Customers can track the food truck’s schedule online.
Photo via Zainab Shoja
A local food truck that made the switch to a brick-and-mortar Reston a little over three years ago is planning to expand.
Taco Zocalo — formerly known as Chef on Wheels — plans to expand to Ashburn. A new location is “coming soon” to 44927 George Washington Boulevard, which was formerly the home of Antonio’s New York Pizzeria.
Basir Ahadi, a Reston resident who graduated from South Lakes High School, started the business in 2011. The Reston location serves up tacos, quesadillas, and other Mexican items at 1810 Michael Faraday Drive.
Photo via Taco Zocalo
True Food Kitchen, a restaurant chain, plans to open in Reston Town Center over the summer.
The restaurant, which fills space formerly occupied by M & S Grill (11901 Democracy Drive), is targeting an August 3 opening date, a company spokesperson told Reston Now.
The date could shift pending inspections and the county permitting processes. Located across the country, True Food Kitchen focuses on offering food based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet.
The chain currently has a location in Fairfax and plans to open in Arlington.
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A new “modern gastropub” will replace American Tap Room, which is set to close on Dec. 22 at 1811 Library Street, according to a news release.
“It’s a place for you. It’s a place for us. It’s a pub for the people,” according to the company website.
TAA PR, a DC-based company that manages communications and public relations for Boston Properties, wrote the following about the opening:
Guests can look forward to a fun-casual restaurant, bar and gathering space that is designed with each of our special everyday occasions in mind. It’s a place to grab a crave-worthy bite on the fly or to hang awhile during game day. It’s a place to brunch with your besties or happy hour with your work crew. It’s a place to roll solo with your laptop and coffee or roll deep with your family and friends.
Photo via Makers Union Pub
The Capital Burger promises to bring a “luxe burger experience” to Reston Town Center early next year, according to a company statement.
An opening date is set for Jan. 27.
An extension of the restaurant The Capital Grille, the Reston location will offer wines, shakes, craft cocktails, local beers and “elevated burgers, according to the company.
This is the second location to opening the DC region, following the opening of a location in Mount Vernon Square in March last year.
The business is located at Hyatt Regency in the town center. It expects to hire 70 staff members.
Photo via Capital Burger/Facebook
The McDonald’s at the famed McTacoHut in Reston is closed for renovations until the end of the month, a company official told Reston Now.
The fast food restaurant, which is one of three businesses in the fast food block at 11265 Roger Bacon Drive, will likely reopen by Dec. 30. The date is dependent on the county’s inspection schedule.
The renovation project is part of a nationwide effort to modernize McDonald’s locations across the country. The Reston location will offer mobile ordering pay service and digital kiosks for ordering.
McDonald’s served up its last meal on Friday (Dec. 6).
Fast food junkies can get their McDonald’s fix at the Herndon location (2475 Centerville Road), which was recently renovated.
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American Tap Room in Reston is set to close on Dec. 22, according to a tipster and an employee at the restaurant, though the company has yet to confirm the closure.
The company’s corporate office did not return a request for comment to determine if the closure was permanent or temporary. Written requests for comment were also not returned.
Two other locations in the area closed within the last few years. The Arlington location shuttered in 2016, followed by the closure of the Bethesda location earlier this year.
This story will be updated.
It could take up to two weeks for Cafesano’s cafe to reopen in South Lakes Village Center after a fire caused $2,000 in damages in early December.
A company representative told Reston Now that the Italian and Mediterranean restaurant is currently taking takeout orders.
On Dec. 1, a fire broke out at the shopping center. Fire investigators said the fire was caused by grease buildup in the store’s ventilation system.
An exact opening date has not been set yet.
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Cafesano’s cafe in South Lakes Village Center is temporarily closed for repairs until further notice after a fire in its kitchen on Sunday (Dec. 1).
According to a sign posted on the Italian and Mediterranean restaurant’s storefront, the restaurant is taking pick-up orders from the market in Suite C of the shopping center.
Fire department officials have ruled that a fire at the restaurant was accidental in nature. Officials believe it was caused by grease buildup in the ventilation system of the restaurant.
“The fire was accidental and originated in the ductwork for the kitchen hood system. The cause was ignition of grease buildup in the ventilation system,” a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department told Reston Now.
Damages are estimated at $2,000. It is unclear when the restaurant will reopen.
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More outdoor seating will soon be on the way for &pizza, a fast-casual pizza restaurant that’s known for its oblong-shaped pizzas.
The restaurant, which opened over the summer last year, plans to add roughly 20 seats, a railing perimeter and minor lighting, a company spokesperson told Reston Now.
Currently, &pizza has an outdoor patio section that seats between 25 to 30 people.
County permits indicate a permit to complete the work was processed in mid-November.
Photo via Google Maps
Panera Bread will close its doors in Reston Town Center next month.
A manager at the RTC location told Reston Now that the bakery and cafe, which serves up sandwiches, salads and other items, will close on Dec. 17. It is located at 1825 Discovery Street.
The business plans to reopen in Reston at a later point. The location has not been publicly announced yet.
County permits do not indicate what establishment will take its place.
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The Pizza Hut, which opened at 1821 Wiehle Avenue in 1977, is set to flip into a new pizzeria sometime early next year.
Now, more changes are in store for the fast food block, which is known as McTacoHut in Restonian-lingo.
The McDonald’s, which is located at 11265 Roger Bacon Drive, is set to undergo major renovations by early 2020. While county permits are in process, it’s estimated that renovations could begin early next month.
A spokesperson for the McDonalds Corp. told Reston Now the main lobby and drive-thru is expected to remain open throughout the renovation.
The renovations are part of the company’s efforts to modernize its look and incorporate technology like digital kiosks and mobile ordering.
The Pizza Hut plans to remain open until its lease ends in early 2020. After that, Pupatella, a Neoplitan pizza restaurant, will open in The Pizza Hut’s location.
A new burger spot is coming to Reston Town Center soon.
The Capital Burger — which serves up “luxury” burgers, hand-cut fries, milkshakes and wine — plans to open at 1800 Presidents Street soon.
A company representative told Reston Now the restaurant was not ready to share details about the new location yet.
Here’s more about the restaurant from its website:
The Capital Burger’s main fare features a proprietary blend of beef. To create these luxurious burgers, we worked alongside renowned Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors. Pat, a third-generation butcher, only uses beef from small, family-owned farms, and with an artisan’s skill blends different cuts. What did we achieve? A sublime burger worthy of our guests.
County permits for new signs and other construction-related work were processed in late October.
The Capital Burger has another location in the District.
Photo via The Capital Burger/Facebook
A new tenant is planning to open its doors soon in Reston Station, Comstock Development’s Reston Station development, which is located at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.
CVS Pharmacy plans to open in Reston Station by December 10, a company representative told Reston Now.
The healthcare giant will lease 8,451 square feet of plaza-level retail space in Reston Station’s third tower, which is slated for completion in January 2020.
The storefront is located at the entrance of Metro’s north pedestrian bridge to the station.
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