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Italian Restaurant to Open in Reston Town Center Next Year

Fox Restaurant Concepts plans to open its North Italia concept in Reston Town Center by early 2019.

The new restaurant, which offers a contemporarily Italian model, will take up space at 11898 Freedom Drive in the Fountain One building. The space was previously occupied by Neyla Mediterranean Bistro, which closed earlier this year.

The North Italia restaurant concept is the second in the D.C.-region. The restaurant offers pizza, salads and home-made pizzas.

Boston Properties issued the following statement about the opening on Tuesday (August 14):

“We are delighted that North Italia will become part of the Reston Town Center community this winter.  Their passion for handmade Italian cuisine and heartfelt customer engagement is unparalleled.  They will be a compelling addition to our vibrant tenant mix,” said Stephanie Friedman, director of retail leasing at Boston Properties.

Other new tenants expected to open by next year include lululemon, Muse Paintbar, and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls.

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Monday Morning Notes

Back to the drawing board with RTC North — “Fairfax County is re-evaluating plans for a 47-acre parcel north of Reston Town Center after rejecting a concept from MRP Realty and Norton Scott that was deemed too expensive. Joan Beachum, the county’s project coordinator for the public-private partnerships branch, said the county only received one submission after it issued a RFP last year for the project, known as Reston Town Center North. But the joint concept plan from MRP and Norton Scott was not financially feasible, she said, declining to elaborate or provide a price tag.” [The Washington Business Journal]

Medicaid expansion — Beginning next year, roughly 28,000 uninsured people in Fairfax County could be eligible for medical coverage. [Fairfax County Government]

For all the foodies — Summer Restaurant Week begins today and several local restaurants are offering fixed-price meals to celebrate. [Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week]

A core site — CoreSite Realty received final approval to expand the size of its data center development in Reston. [Datacenter Dynamics]

Photo by Mike Boera

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Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls to Open Next Month in Reston Town Center

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, an Annapolis-based restaurant, will open in late September, according to the company’s founder.

The 800-square-foot restaurant will be located at 11939 Democracy Drive, the former location of Red Velvet Cupcakery.

The restaurant would be the first Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls branch in Virginia. The company has four locations in Maryland, one in Delaware and another in South Carolina. The Reston location’s menu is modeled after the Delaware location.

An exact opening date has not been set yet.

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Registration Now Open for ChalkFest at Reston Town Center

Artists of all ages and skills levels can now save the date for the annual ChalkFest at Reston Town Center. The annual street art festival invites artists to transform RTC’s Market Street with chalk drawings.

Registration is now open and artists can register in the following categories. Prizes will be awarded for each category, as well as audience chance awards.

This year’s sponsors include Boston Properties, Reston Community Center, Fairfax County Government, Reston Association, Cooley, and Leidos.

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Save the Date: ‘Flavors of Fall’ Returns to Reston Town Center in October

It’s not too early to begin planning for the fall. Flavors of Fall, a free annual festival that includes live entertainment, dancing and family activities, returns to Reston Town Center on October 6.

Admission and parking are free for the event. Restaurants will serve up samplings of their favorite falls menus. Tickets are $1 each or $20 for 24 tickets. Most food tastings require between one and five tickets.

Beer prices are five tickets for a 16-ounce, mainstream beer, six tickets for a 12-ounce craft beer and three tickets for a five-ounce craft beer.  Wine is six tickets for a five-ounce poor and one ticket per wine tasting.

More information on the event will be released soon. The event is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

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&pizza to Open in Reston Town Center Tomorrow

A new fast-casual restaurant is opening in Reston Town Center tomorrow. &pizza, which is known for its oblong-shaped pizza, will open its doors at 1826 Library Street, the former location of Teavana.

The Reston Town Center location is &pizza’s 30th restaurant in the country. The business will offer free pizza to the first 30 people line during the opening tomorrow. The square footage of the restaurant is 1,363 square feet.

The restaurant has roughly 58 seats, including outdoor seating, Emily Drago, a spokesperson for the company told Reston Now. This will be the company’s eighth location in Virginia.

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Friday Morning Notes

Easy, fun and raw — A professor offers tips on how to add more raw food to your diet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Reston Regional Library. [Fairfax County Government]

Rename Rock N’ Skate — The Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion is looking for new names for its weekly ice skating series. The grand prize winner will receive 10 free admission tickets. [Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion]

Summerbration concert tonight — Enjoy Latin music with free dancing and instruction as part of the weekly “Summerbration” concert series. Parking is free from 6:30-9:30 p.m. [Reston Community Center]

Nearby: If you have the energy for it — “Fairfax County has pledged to reduce the energy consumption of its facilities by 20 percent per square foot over 10 years as part of an operational energy strategy adopted by its Board of Supervisors on July 10.” [Fairfax County Times]

Search for missing woman continues — Susan Carstens, 51, was last seen in Reston on Wednesday. A search continues for the woman, who police believe may be endangered. [Reston Now]

Photo by Ruth Sievers 

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Muse Paintbar Targets Winter Opening in Reston Town Center

Muse Paintbar will open at 11943 Democracy Drive in the winter, according to a company representative.

The target opening date for the wine-and-paint studio, which will have a 3,000-square-foot storefront, was originally set for the fall. The store will host painting sessions daily at its locations.

The Reston Town Center location will be one of more than two dozen locations along the East Coast. It takes the place of The Bike, which recently reopened at 11150 Sunset Hills Road.

No further details were available on the exact opening date.

Photo via Muse Paintbar

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New Bike Lane Location Offers Beer, Coffee and Bikes

After ten years of business in Reston Town Center, The Bike Lane has officially moved to 11150 Sunset Hills Road — roughly 50 feet away from the Washington & Old Dominion Trail.

With the new relocation, the bike shop has also added two new elements to its business: a nano-brewery and coffee bar.

“Our new location takes us into the heart of cycling traffic along the W&OD trail while giving cyclists the boost of a fresh cup of coffee and the relaxing atmosphere of a pub. Todd has been a home brewer for years and I love coffee,” said Anne Mader, co-owner of The Bike Lane. Mader also grew up in Reston.

Amongst various road and mountain bikes, beer will be brewed on site. The Bike Lane has partnered with Swings Coffee, a local D.C. roaster, to serve coffee drinks and snacks. The Bike Lane will also host food trucks on weekends.

“Cyclists love coffee and beer. This is a no-brainer. We are thrilled to combine top-quality cycling service and products along with tasty beverages and treats all in a warm and welcoming environment,” says Mader.

The Bike Lane has another location in Springfield. The Reston Town Center location – which first opened in 2008 – last year.

Photo by Anne Mader

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‘Dog Days of Summer’ Return to Reston Town Center

“Dog Days of Summer” sessions are back again at the Reston Town Center pavilion starting today (July 11).

The pavilion will be transformed into an off-leash play area every Wednesday through September 26.

Treats, toys and pet-friendly giveaways will be offered during the sessions.

Sessions take place from 4-7 p.m. The series is sponsored by Healthy Hound Playground, a dog daycare and boarding kennel and a grooming salon and spa located at 45910 Transamerica Plaza.

Photo via Reston Town Center

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San Diego Comic-Con Art Comes to Reston Town Center Gallery

Exclusive artwork from the San Diego Comic-Con at ArtInsights is on display and available for purchase in Reston Town Center.

ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art (11921 Freedom Drive) has exclusive releases from Marvel, DC and Disney by comic book cover artist Alex Ross on display. Other artwork from Willow, The Princess Bride and Star Wars by movie poster artist John Alvin is also on display.

The pieces will be available for purchase through August 27 at 10 p.m.

ArtInsights is a gallery owned by Michael Barry, a musician and graduate of The Corcoran School of Art, and Leslie Combemale, who has a background in art history.

Photo via Reston Town Center

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Monday Morning Notes

Water, water everywhere — During a concert on Saturday in Reston Town Center, the fountains turned on and soaked the performing band, Rocknoceros. Thankfully, the equipment survived. [Rocknoceros]

Updating design guidelines — In this Reston Today video, get a glimpse of proposed changes to Reston’s design and maintenance guidelines for that next fixer-upper project. [Reston Association]

Nearby: Selling out — A 280-acre piece of land near the future Loudoun Gateway Silver Station was sold to a data center developer. The site was previously planned to be a 14 million square foot development. [Bisnow]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Save the Date: First Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in Reston Town Center

The Fairfax County Police Department is hosting the first annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in Reston Town Center on July 21.

Proceeds from the event will support athletes from Special Olympics Virginia. The event will begin at the pavilion at Reston Town Center. Runners will travel down the green trail and back, a roughly 1.5-mile distance. Check-in begins at 6 a.m. and the run will start at 8 a.m.

Registration is $20 per participant and is open online. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a fundraising campaign that began in Wichita, Kansas in 1981. Police departments and law enforcement agencies participate in runs to raise money for the Special Olympics.

During most runs, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “flame of hope” in the opening ceremony of local competitions. The initiative has raised more than $600 million for Special Olympics programs since it began.

Photo via Law Enforcement Torch Run

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Thursday Morning Notes

Building worlds — A group exhibition of artists who explore the role of science fiction and fantasy in informing our fears and ideals is set to run from August 1 through September 15 at Greater Reston Arts Center. [Reston Town Center]

Herndon teen found — A 12-year-old from Herndon who went missing Tuesday night was found yesterday. She returned home and is safe and sound. [Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office]

Showing their teeth — “In the first meet of the Northern Virginia Swimming League season, the Hunter Mill Sharks took a bite out of the Lee Graham Dolphins, with a final score of 269-151.” [Fairfax County Times]

Squeeze Bayou concert — This week’s “Take a Break” concert series features music folk music tied to the Cajuns. The event at Lake Anne Plaza is free and open to all ages. [Reston Community Center]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Monday Morning Notes

Heat advisory in effect — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon to 8 p.m. today. Heat index values could hit 105 degrees today. [National Weather Service]

A $30 million boost — “Reston lease accounting software firm LeaseAccelerator has raised $30 million in Series B funding from New York venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners.” [WTOP]

Fountain is back in business — The interactive fountain in Reston Town Square Park closed late last week due to emergency repairs. Repairs are now complete and the fountain is open. [Reston Town Center]

Families belong together — Residents in Reston came together for an interfaith vigil in support of the national “Families Belong Together” campaign this weekend. [Local DVM]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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