F45, an Australian fitness gym, is planning to open its doors in Reston Town Center in the fall.
The gym is expected to open in September at 11840 Freedom Drive, according to a company spokesperson. Construction is expected to begin as early as next week.
Another F45 location is set to open in early 2021 at Faraday Park (1831 Michael Faraday Drive), which is still under construction.
The retail space is expected to be handed over to the company in September. F45 plans to time the opening with the leasing of the new apartments.
“So far, we are moving according to schedule,” the spokesperson said.
F45 relies on training on the following methods: high-intensity interval training, circuit training and functional training.
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As restrictions ease, restaurants around Reston Town Center are starting to reopen for in-house dining with alternative services to keep customers and staff safe.
Many restaurants in the area are taking to social media letting customers know that they’re open for business. Still, for those who don’t feel comfortable dining around other people yet, many locations are also offering takeout and delivery.
Here is a list of updates from eateries around Reston Town Center.
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Barcelona Wine Bar (2900 Larimer Street) has reopened on-site dining with five tables that are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, according to one of the location’s staff members.
Clyde’s (11905 Market Street) is now offering both indoor and outdoor seating, its Facebook page said.
Crafthouse (1888 Explorer Street) is open for indoor dining, its Facebook said, adding that the location will be operating with alternative hours which can be found on the restaurant’s social media sites.
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls (11939 Democracy Drive) is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday. The restaurant offers takeout, outdoor seating and limited indoor seating.
Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive) is another eatery at Reston Town Center which has opened for indoor and outdoor dining, according to a post on Facebook.
North Italia (11898 Market Street) is open for indoor and outdoor dining, a staff member told Reston Now.
PassionFish (11960 Democracy Drive) is open for patio dining, according to a Facebook post.
Ted Bulletin (11948 Market Street) opened its dining room and outdoor seating at varied capacity, the website said.
The Capital Burger (11853 Market Street) offers indoor seating, outdoor dining options and take-out, according to a staff member.
The Counter (11922 Democracy Drive) is also open for limited indoor and outdoor seating, an employee told Reston Now.
&Pizza (1826 Library Street) is open, according to the Facebook page. But, it is unclear if they offer seating at this time.
Ben and Jerry’s ice cream shop (11916 Market Street) is open, according to its website.
Pitango Gelato (11942 Democracy Drive) is open for takeout, its website said.
Starbucks (1444 North Point Village Center) is open for takeout, its Facebook page said.
Sweetgreen is also open at 11935 Democracy Drive, according to Facebook.
Community Canteen is still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to the Facebook page. It has not yet announced a reopening date.
Le Pain Quotidien is also still closed, according to its website.
Peet’s Coffee is also temporarily closed, according to its Facebook page.
Big Bowl at the Reston Town Center said on its website that the location closed permanently.
Photo via Mon Ami Gabi/Facebook
Reston Station, a sprawling mixed-use development near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, is positioned to help make that change happen, according to an investor presentation released earlier this week.
The development, which includes several districts that are planned or already in construction, is expected to achieve comparable rents to Reston Town Center. New buildings, parking, amenities, and the Metro station have attracted corporate relocations from RTC, according to Comstock.
Currently, RTC commands a higher rent premium over other micro-markets within Reston. Overall, vacancy rates for Class A office space in Reston and Tysons are slightly lower than the region-wide average of around 18 percent, according to the company.
Once completed, Reston Station will include four districts: Metro Plaza, Commerce, West, and Reston Row. Major companies have signed leases at the project, including Google, Neustar, and ICF International.
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Although COVID-19 may limit celebrations, there’s still plenty to do locally for Father’s Day this upcoming Sunday (June 21).
PassionFish in Reston Town Center is offering a “premium grill meal kit,” which includes a classic shrimp cocktail, New York strip steaks, heirloom tomatoes, house rolls, dessert, beer and wine. Orders can be placed by calling 703-230-3474.
Mon Ami Gabi, a French bistro in Reston Town Center, is offering a prix fixe menu for $50 per person from noon to 9 p.m. Orders can be picked up at 11 a.m. The three-course spread includes roasted chicken, filet mignon, pommel frites, and dessert.
Reston Farmers Market by FreshFarm, which is open today (Wednesday) from 3-7 p.m. at 11900 Lawyers Road, is offering several deals. Vendors like The Fermented Pig, a father-daughter operation, is offering free local delivery and shipping for items like hot Italian sausage and salumi.
Meanwhile, Reston Strong, a local community advocacy group, is considering hosting a Father’s Day event on Sunday for Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man who was killed at a Wendy’s drive-thru in Atlanta. More details are expected soon.
Meanwhile, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to dine at member restaurants through Father’s Day. If patrons spend at least $10 at a member restaurant and email a receipt to [email protected], an entry will be submitted to a drawing to win $500.
Photo via PassionFish
Herndon Residents to Organize Peaceful Driving Protest — Local residents are organizing a driving protest on a designated route through parts of Herndon tomorrow (Thursday). Herndon Police Department offers will be on hand during the event. [Facebook]
Phase Two in Northern Virginia Delayed — “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced on Tuesday that most of the commonwealth will move into the second phase of the state’s reopening plan due to the impact of COVID-19 on Friday. Similar to the first phase, however, Richmond and northern Virginia, including Loudoun County, are being delayed.” [Loudoun-Times Mirror]
Local Artist Creates Chalk Art in Reston Town Center — Artist Ben Morse created chalk art of the state’s bird and flower in Reston Town Center at the request of the Reston Town Center Association. [The Connection]
More COVID-19 Testing Options Available — More than 20 sites across the Fairfax Health District are offering testing for uninsured and insured residents. Local health officials urge anyone with symptoms or with close contact with someone who is sick to be tested. [Fairfax County Government]
Reston Association Publishes Activity Guide — This month’s guide features a mask-wearing man running with his dog. The cover story discusses ways to stay safe while enjoying Reston’s trails. [Reston Association]
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At a time when other industries are cutting back, Microsoft Corp. will invest $64 million to establish a new research and development hub in Reston Town Center.
The move will create 1,500 new jobs as the software giant occupies 400,000 square feet in Two Freedom Square (11955 Freedom Drive) in Reston Town Center. The company will retain 153,000 square feet of space it currently occupies at 12012 Sunset Hills Road.
Terrell Cox, Microsoft’s general manager said the company’s expansion in Reston will allow the company to “deliver even more solutions from a region known for its innovation and passion for technology.”
“One of Microsoft’s core principles is actively listening to our customers, so we can build and improve our technology based on their feedback. Being close to our customer base is extremely important to our ongoing collaborations,” Cox said.
Here’s how local and state elected officials responded to the news:
“Virginia, like the rest of the nation, is facing unprecedented job loss due to COVID-19, so this announcement couldn’t come at a better time,” said Governor Northam. “Microsoft Corp. and Virginia share a strong history, and we are proud that this major operation in Fairfax County will add to the company’s significant job count across our Commonwealth. Virginia is a leader in the information technology industry, and Microsoft’s continued investment here is a testament to our top-ranked business climate, infrastructure, and world-class workforce.”
Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill thanked Microsoft for its vote of confidence in Fairfax County and noted that he and Jeff McKay, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, have made diversification of the local economy a priority.
“We are very excited about Microsoft’s expansion in Fairfax County,” Hill said. “This investment further strengthens our reputation as a business-friendly community and showcases our ability to attract the country’s top companies, even in these turbulent times. Chairman McKay, the Board of Supervisors and I are thrilled with this news, as we continue to work to diversify our economy.”
“Microsoft can choose from any number of technology hubs for its operations, and we are so pleased that the company chose to expand its operations in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia,” said Victor Hoskins, President and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “Because of our wealth of technology talent and the tech ecosystem here, this area is a great match for the company’s talent needs as well as its business goals.”
“Reston is proud to welcome Microsoft’s expansion in our Town Center,” said Senator Janet Howell. “Microsoft Corp. has been an important corporate citizen for many years. The decision to grow here is yet more proof that our region is a major technology hub.”
“I am thrilled that Microsoft has chosen to locate this significant operation and create 1,500 new jobs in Fairfax County,” said Delegate Kenneth Plum. “The Commonwealth and the County have a longstanding relationship with Microsoft, and this operation will only strengthen it. We look forward to welcoming the software development and R&D regional hub to the Reston Town Center.”
Microsoft will be eligible for a $22.5 million grant from the state once it completes the project. Some of that money will be used to fund partnerships with local colleges and universities to “develop the tech talent pipeline for cloud computing and related degrees to support its local expansion,” according to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.
The company has been in Reston since 2002. The initiative is expected to go live in summer 2021.
Big news for Reston! https://t.co/bBcAcuHeFp
— Supervisor Walter Alcorn (@WalterAlcornFFX) May 27, 2020
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Clyde’s Restaurant Group is preparing for a new dining experience fit for a COVID-19 world.
According to the Washington Business Journal, the company is partnering with Lion’s Wood Banquet Furniture to install different acrylic diverse to separate bar and booth seating for dining.
Here’s more from WBJ on the project:
Clyde’s, which typically generates around $135 million in annual revenue, has experienced a 90% decline in sales since social distancing and stay-at-home orders went into effect. It has furloughed 1,700 employees, or about 90% of its workforce.
“Within the industry, it’s restaurants like us that are getting proportionally hit the worst,” McDonnell said. “To do a little bit of carryout business, you don’t have 15,000-square-foot restaurants. You have a tiny, little place with a counter.”
The company purchased 15,000 square feet of plexiglass earlier this month, according to the report. The move could allow the restaurant to fill all of its booths instead of spacing out with every other booth.
Clyde’s in Reston Town Center (11905 Market Street) is currently open for takeout only. The company has not yet announced how it plans to resume business after phase one of the reopening in Virginia begins in late May.
Photo by R. Dawson/Flickr
Boston Properties, the owner of Reston Town Center, says that rent collection and leasing activity in April has remained strong this month despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
During a quarterly earnings call yesterday (Wednesday), company representatives said that roughly 90 percent of its office and retail tenants paid rent for April 1. The company’s first-quarter revenue is up from four percent over the previous year.
The company has signed a 135,000 square foot lease with a defense contractor at RTC. Construction of a 276,000-square-foot building that will be fully occupied by Leidos is also complete.
In Northern Virginia, leases amounting to 900,000 square feet of space are in active negotiations.
CEO Owen Thomas said it is difficult to determine where market rents are today and how the pandemic will impact the overall market.
“As in past recessions and economic slowdown created uncertainty, which reduces some users need for space, business leaders can become more cautious and reluctant to invest capital in new offices.”
The complete transcript of the call is available online.
Photo by R. Dawson/Flickr
Big Bowl, a popular Chinese and Thai restaurant in Reston Town Center, has closed permanently after nearly two decades of business.
The restaurant will not be reopening due to the expiration of its lease, according to its website.
“We appreciate our many loyal guests and employees that have supported us over the last 19 years, our team has enjoyed serving you,” the statement read.
County permits do not yet indicate what will fill the space at 11915 Democracy Drive, which is known for its iconic circular storefront.
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Local Muslims are gearing up for a drastically different Ramadan this year as stay-at-home orders put an end to communal prayers only done during the month of fasting and other mosque-based customs.
The Reston Islamic Center, a small mosque that opened last year in office space near Reston Town Center (11701 Bowman Green Drive), is hoping to keep the Ramadan spirit and community spirituality alive.
The first day of fasting begins tomorrow. Muslims refrain from food and drink every day from sunrise to sunset. Every night, mosques across the country host a communal prayer called taraweeh that is only conducted during Ramadan.
Although RIC will not offer congregational prayers, the mosque is turning to virtual platforms to keep local Muslims engaged. The center is offering two classes a week and updates via its Facebook page.
“Of course, it is a drawback that we do not get to see each other and build on that community cohesion, but the silver lining is working on ourselves and our spirituality with our creator, which is the main purpose of this beautiful month,” Hewad Aziz of RIC told Reston Now.
The mosque is encouraging families to lead prayers in their homes and use quarantine time for personal introspection.
Social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders came amidst a critical time for the mosque, which recently launched phase two of its expansion project. The organization hopes to expand to two floors in the building it currently leases. The second floor would be dedicated specifically to women and families.
The mosque was banking on fundraising during Ramadan to reach funding targets. But with mosque doors closed, organizers are still hopeful they can keep the expansion project going. A crowdfunding campaign has raised $1,621 of its $45,000 target.
“We have great hope that the community will band together and we will meet our goals,” Aziz said.
Photo via Reston Islamic Center
Scrawl Books, a locally-owned shop in Reston, though strained by the lack of foot traffic in the shop, seems to be doing well thanks to community support.
The shop’s owner, Rachel Wood told Reston Now that the store is staying afloat because of the local bibliophiles who are taking the campaigns encouraging people to support local businesses to heart.
In the past few weeks, the shop has shifted its business model to include curbside pickup and home delivery –which is free for people in Reston, Herndon and parts of Vienna.
“We are really happy to be able to be here for the community and get books to people so they can stay home longer and have a better time while they are there,” Wood said.
All of the free community engagement events that used to be held in-person, like the bookclubs and speakers, were simply moved onto digital platforms. Many of the events hosted by Scrawl still have a significant number of participants, according to Wood, who added that people are looking for activities to combat the boredom of self-isolation. Anyone interested in Scrawl’s events can check out the location’s Facebook page for links and details.
In terms of staff favorites, Wood said she is currently enjoying a book called “Barn 8: A Novel” which tells the story of two auditors in the US egg industry who try and pull off a heist, according to the book’s publisher. The book retails at the shop for $16 in paperback.
Those who wish to order books for delivery or pickup from Scrawl (11911 Freedom Drive) may do so or by calling 703-966-2111 from noon. until 6 p.m. daily or ordering online.
For anyone who wants to help young kids who no longer have access to books through the public library system, Scrawl is collecting donations for teachers planning to send books to their students so the kids can continue to boost their literacy skills.
Unfortunately, though, other stores in the area such as Reston’s Used Book Shop have closed indefinitely, according to its website. There is no word from owners when the shop will reopen.
Photo via Scrawl Books/Facebook
Reston Gallery Helps Coronavirus First Responders — The owners of ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art have launched a local initiative to support coronavirus first responders. The business has been in Reston Town Center since 1994. [Patch]
Coronavirus Scam Alerts — The county is alerting residents about new scams related to shopping, mortgage relief, and personal loans. More information about each of the scams is available on the county’s website. [Fairfax County Government]
COVID-19 Cases Continue to Climb — More than 1,800 people in Fairfax County have tested positive for the respiratory illness. In the state, 8,537 cases have been identified and 277 people have died. [Virginia Department of Health]
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Wind Advisory In Effect Today — A wind advisory is in effect for today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The National Weather Service encourages caution while driving. Outdoor objects should also be secured. [National Weather Service]
A Request for Local Businesses — The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is conducting an online survey to determine how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting local businesses. Responses are due by tomorrow (Friday) at 5 p.m. [Fairfax County Economic Development Authority]
Reston Shop Donates Dresses to Coronavirus Responders — Scout & Molly’s in Reston Town Center is donating dresses to frontline responders. When a customer purchases a dress online, the store will donate a dress of equal or lesser value. [Reston Patch]
Northam Pushes Elections Back — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam pushed elections back due to the COVID-19 crisis. The state’s June 9 congressional primary has been delayed by two weeks to June 23. [WTOP]
School Board to Discuss Budget Today — The Fairfax County Public Schools’ board will meet at 10 a.m. today to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the school system’s budget. [Twitter]
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Many businesses in Reston Town Center have closed in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Northern Virginia and beyond.
Readers have described the town center as a ghost town as an increasing number of businesses put up signs announcing temporary closures on their storefronts.
BowTie Cinemas closed yesterday (Monday), noting that it’s concerned for the “health and safety of our customers, staff members and the greater movie-going community.”
Few tenants indicate when they plan to reopen. But the Apple store says it will remain closed until March 27. J. Crew, Kendra Scott, and the Crafthouse are also temporarily shuttering.
Paddywax Candle Bar, which offers guests a chance to make candles in a workshop-style setting, is also closed for all workshops until March 30.
Reston Town Center tenants are encouraging customers and guests to find resources online.
While most retail tenants are closed, many restaurants and bars remain open for now.
Ted’s Bulletin is still open for dine-in, but with adjusted hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sweetgreen is also open.
Morton’s The Steakhouse is also open, but is closely monitoring the situation.
Jackson’s is open and is offering more carryout options.
We will update this list as we confirm additional closures.
Photo by Heidi Clark
A new hair salon is coming soon to Reston Town Center.
Madison Reed, a professional hair salon, plans to open at 11874 Market Street. The salon offers hair color services through a “color bar,” according to its website.
The company, which sells hair care products, has color bar locations across the country, including in Bethesda, Md. A new location is expected to open in Rockville in March this year.
No word yet on when the Reston location is expected to open. So far, signage on the storefront just says “coming soon.”
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