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by RestonNow.com June 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm 13 Comments

Foodies can enjoy food from more than 20 restaurants during Taste of Reston, a two-day festival in Reston Town Center (11900 Market Street) tomorrow and Saturday.

The event is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Taste of Reston is the largest outdoor food festival in Northern Virginia and has been voted “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” by Virginia living magazine for the past six years.

A family carnival, which includes games and food, will also be held at Lake Fairfax on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A free shuttle will transport attendees to and from the tasting event throughout the day. Carnival tickets are available online.

Garage parking is free during the event. Food vendors will compete in the “Best of Taste” competition. Last year’s winners were M&S Grill, Agora Restaurant and Tavern 64.

The festival will take place from 3-11 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are needed to purchase food, beer, and wine at the event. They are $1 each or $20 for $24. Beer prices require five tickets for mainstream beer and six tickets for craft beer. Wine costs six tickets for five ounces pour and one ticket per wine tasting.

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by RestonNow.com June 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

As the school year ends, the “Family Fun Entertainment Series” returns to Reston Town Center this Saturday (June 16). The event is held at Reston Town Square Park, located at the corner of Market Street and Explorer Street, on Saturdays from 10-10:45 a.m.

This Saturday’s performance features Pinot & Augustine, a comedy with classic mime antics. The characters try to prove who is the star of the show through humor and playful interaction, according to a description of the show by Reston Community Center.

The complete line-up of performances, which will run through August 4, is below:

Parking is free on Saturdays. The event is hosted by Reston Town Center Association and presented by RCC in cooperation with MSE Productions, Inc.

Photo by Mukul Ranjan via RCC

by Fatimah Waseem June 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm 9 Comments

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market (11850 Freedom Drive) will hold its grand opening on June 22 at 11 a.m.

The opening weekend will include chef demonstrations, food tastings, a beer bar and member-only offers throughout the store.

Parking is free daily in the silver garage for two hours for customers. No app is required.

In 2005, Balducci’s former location in The Spectrum, closed because it was underperforming. The new location is on the ground floor of The Signature, a 508-unit apartment building.

Grocery deliveries will also be offered soon. The gourmet market has seven other locations, including one in New York, Connecticut and Maryland.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

by RestonNow.com June 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

A new exhibition is coming to Greater Reston Arts Center at Signature apartments this weekend. Susan Hostetler, a DC-based artist, will feature her work “Volatile,” which is inspired by avian life, songbird vocalizations and flight patterns.

The exhibition will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from Friday (June 8) through September 18.

Hostetler uses mixed media to create delicate works, including graphite drawings with collage on mylar. She uses hand-cut stencils of bird shapes, which she places onto mylar and colors over with graphite sticks in a variety of textures and repeating patterns.

She also created hand-shaped clay birds that are attached to acrylic posts, creating “a coordinate of flight that carries through the linear atrium space,” according to organizers.

Hostetler received her Masters of Art in Teaching from the Corcoran School of the Arts. In 2013, she received the Robert Rauschenberg Award for Art Education.

The satellite gallery includes year-round exhibitions by local artists. It is part of a partnership between Boston Properties, Bozzuto Management and GRACE. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Photos by Susan Hostetler

by RestonNow.com May 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm 9 Comments

The Bike Lane‘s Reston Town Center location officially closed on Monday (May 28). The shop plans to reopen in a new location on 11510 Sunset Hills Road in mid-June.

The new shop will be located on the Washington & Old Dominion trail, roughly two blocks from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. Parking will be free.

During the move, a mobile shop will be available to service bikes, including repair and maintenance. An appointment can be scheduled online.

Muse Paintbara wine-and-paint restaurant, is expected to lease the space at 11943 Democracy Drive in RTC.

Photo via The Bike Lane

by RestonNow.com May 30, 2018 at 10:15 am 7 Comments

Lululemon, a Canadian athletic apparel retailer, is coming to Reston Town Center.

The business will take over the former location of bebe, a women’s clothing store, at 11957 Market Street. The store closed in early September of 2016.

Company officials did not immediately return a request for comment, but a spokesperson for Boston Properties said the new business should open by late summer of this year.

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by Fatimah Waseem May 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm 26 Comments

Red Velvet Cupcakery in Reston Town Center has officially shuttered its doors.

The store, located at 11939 Democracy Drive, closed on Sunday (May 27). Owner Aaron Gordon announced the closure in early March. His decision was driven by Boston Properties’ paid parking structure.

There are no immediate plans to open another brick-and-mortar location. The store has another location in the District.

Gordon said he was thankful to the community for their support and cherished the eight years his store served the Reston community.

We did our best to fight paid parking in RTC and we are proud to have played a large role in forcing the owners to reduce the paid parking hours, which costs them tens of millions yearly.  We only regret we were unable to force them to scrap their greedy money-grab entirely,” Gordon said. “Finally, we want to send out our best to our many neighbors and friends [whose] businesses were destroyed by paid parking like Busara, The Bike Lane, Neyla, M&S Grill, Appalachian Springs, Origins and many, many more to come.”

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls will open in the cupcakery’s former location.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

by Fatimah Waseem May 24, 2018 at 9:00 am 6 Comments

A peek inside Reston’s trauma center — Take a look at how experts and employees at Reston Hospital Center’s trauma center work together to help seriously injured patients. [WUSA 9]

The DMV on wheels — The DMV2GO wireless office will be at the main pavilion in Reston Town Center today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to offer services ranging from driver’s license renewals to license plate applications. [Reston Town Center]

‘Trends in TV Viewing’ presentation tonight — “Allan Hide from Fairfax County’s Department of Consumer and Cable Services will cover “enabling devices” (including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Blu-ray players, and game consoles) required to access streaming and online TV services. He will also share tips on ways to lower your cable bills.” [Reston Regional Library]

Stateside: Police investigate death of inmate — “Police say they are investigating the death of a 68-year-old inmate in Virginia. The Washington Post reports the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center inmate was found unconscious in his cell Wednesday morning. Police say preliminarily, there are no signs of foul play.” [WTOP]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

by RestonNow.com May 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm 5 Comments

Attention, food lovers: Taste of Reston, the area’s largest outdoor food festival, is coming to Reston Town Center on June 15 and 16.

The event features samplings from the region’s eateries, live music, beer and wine gardens and a family fun zone. Admission is free, but tickets for tastings can be purchased online or on the day of the event.

Garage parking will remain free throughout the event, which runs from Friday, June 15 from 3-11 p.m. and on Saturday, June 16 from noon to 11 p.m.

The event is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and was voted as the best food festival of Northern Virginia by Virginia Living last year.

Participating restaurants include Agora Restaurant, Choolah Indian BBQ, Founding Farmers Reston, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant and Trader Joe’s.

Live entertainment will take place in several areas: the main pavilion, which will include regional bands; Library Street stage, which offers interactive entertainment for kids; and the Explorer Street Local & Live Lounge, which will feature acoustic artists.

Volunteers can sign-up online.

Photo by Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

by Fatimah Waseem May 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm 5 Comments

PassionFish, a seafood restaurant in Reston Town Center, will be closed next week for renovations.

The restaurant, which is located at 11960 Democracy Drive, will offer discounted menu items on Sunday. The closure begins on Memorial Day and the store should be open by June 5.

Earlier this month, the restaurant began offering free complimentary valet parking for dinner guests on a nightly basis.

“We are still hearing from people who refused to come due to complications of the new parking and we are hoping this will provide a solution for diners at PassionFish,” said Jaclyn Benton, banquet coordinator at PassionFish.

Photo via Passion Fish/Twitter

by Fatimah Waseem May 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm 49 Comments

Busara Thai Restaurant (11964 Market Street) has permanently closed its Reston Town Center location.

The restaurant, which served up authentic Thai cuisine, closed on Saturday, May 19, ending 13 years of business in Reston’s urban core. 

An employee with the restaurant told Reston Now the decision was driven by the shift from free to paid parking in Reston Town Center.

“Revenue just went down the drain,” the employee said. The owner was not immediately available for comment.

A representative for Boston Properties said a new tenant has not yet been identified. The restaurant has one other location at 8142 Watson Street in McLean.

Photos by Fatimah Waseem

by RestonNow.com May 23, 2018 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

Reston Town Center was turned into an extensive gallery, performing arts stage, and crafts area as the 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival came to town on Friday through Sunday.

More than 200 juried artists from across the country had booths at the festival, which is one of RTC’s biggest events of the year.

Photos by Charlotte Geary

by RestonNow.com May 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

The College Board is expanding its offices in Reston Town Center and adding 120 new jobs with the help of a $750,000 state grant.

The nonprofit organization, which administers the SAT and other college exams, has more than 600 employees at its Reston headquarters (11955 Democracy Drive). The company has one other main office is in New York City, along with several regional offices.

“Fairfax County has been a great home for The College Board,” wrote Jeremy Singer, the chief operating officer at The College Board, in a statement. “Our team in Reston will continue to play a critical role in our efforts to a clear a path for students in Virginia and across the country to own their futures.”

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to secure the project. Grant funding came from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund.

The company has added 74,000 square feet to its current offices in Reston.

Photo via Google Maps

by RestonNow.com May 22, 2018 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

Reston Concerts on the Town, a weekly free summer concerts series at Reston Center, is back for its 28th year. The event, which includes concerts from June 2 through August 25 on Saturdays from 7:30-10 p.m., features local and national acts.

Parking is free and the event is made possible by a grant from Reston Town Center Association and support from Boston Properties, RTC’s owner.

The 2018 lineup is available online.

A number of new performers include the Blues Beatles, a blues band based in Brazil; Good Shot Judy, a band that performs swing and jazz; the T Sisters, a trio of sisters from California who have formed an acoustic band; and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, the U.S. Navy’s official chorus.

Returning favorites, as described by organizers, include:

  • Leonard, Coleman & BluntThe former lead singers of The Temptations, The Platters & The Drifters and their big band will take you on a musical journey of your favorite Motown and doo-wop hits. They’ll kick off the series on June 2.
  • ScythianThese raucous roots-rockers blend Celtic and klezmer for a high-energy, dynamic show. Come see these world-class fiddlers rock Reston on July 14.
  • Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp BandThis Louisiana-based Grammy-winning zydeco band will shake things up on August 4. 
  • Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.–This 2011 winner of America’s Got Talent, went from car washer to jazz superstar. Back by popular demand, Landau and his big band close out the series on August 25.

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and picnics to the concerts. The event takes place in RTC’s pavilion (11900 Market Street).

Photos via Reston Concerts on the Town

by Fatimah Waseem May 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm 7 Comments

A developer is seeking to build a 128,000-square-foot multifamily residential building on the north side of Dominion Parkway.

According to plans submitted to the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning on May 14, the multifamily building is planned between the Winwood Children’s Center and the Paramount condominiums on Fountain Drive. 

Preliminary plans include 59 multifamily dwelling units, serving roughly 124 people, on the 0.8-acre site. The developer, NS Reston LLC, also plans to build a three-level underground garage with 131 spaces and six surface parking spaces near the main entrance of the property.

The proposed multifamily building will be an attractive addition to the perimeter of the Town Center Urban Core and provide additional residential units to reinforce the live, work, play environment of the Town Center and the surrounding area,” wrote John McGranahan Jr, who represents the applicant.

Proposed amenities include a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and 0.25 acres —  thirty percent of the property — will remain as open space.

Access to the property is planned from two entrances along New Dominion Parkway. The application has also requested a waiver to reduce the number of required loading spaces from three to two.

The application has not yet been accepted for formal review by the county, said Brian Worthy, a spokesman for Fairfax County government. Once accepted, applications are scheduled for public hearings and other steps of the planning and zoning process.

Photos via Google Maps

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