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Residents Worry Upgraded Plaza in South Lakes Village Center Will Attract Teens, Noise

To the dismay of some area residents, a series of upgrades — including an amphitheater, fire pit and ping pong tables — are being considered for South Lakes Village Center (11120 South Lakes Drive).

The project by village center owner Chevy Chase Land Company is intended to activate space at the edge of Lake Thoreau between Cafesano and Red’s Table.

But residents near the center and merchants worry the new space will become a magnet for youth from Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School. The project would also increase noise — a concern that already rattles some residents as sound travels down the lake.

Reston Association’s Design Review Board deferred a decision on the project Tuesday night to allow the development team, which includes engineering firm Kimley-Horn, to revise the plan. The DRB could consider updated plans at its next meeting.

Mary Sapp, president of the Lakeport Cluster Association, said the project would increase noise levels, raise safety concerns due to unsupervised teens, and increase the chance of vandalism of the plaza’s “very attractive features.” Sapp said three of the cluster’s 11 bollard lights were destroyed, three were knocked over and two Safeway carts were thrown into the lake from the dock over the last 15 months.

We assure you that Lakeport Cluster is not ‘anti-students’; a number of our residents have children (or grandchildren who visit often), and several are actively involved with South Lakes High School,” Sapp wrote in a statement to the DRB.

Charles Foster, a Lakeport Cluster resident, called the project an “unprecedented experiment in Reston” that would attract 3,400 young adults within walking distance, creating an environment that “ allows anyone at any time to engage in any type of activity.”

Upgrades include an amphitheater, new lighting, a chalkboard wall, outdoor ping pong, lounge and plaza seating area and outdoor ping pong. A new, back-lit sign is also proposed for the center.

Gil Blankespoor, a resident in the Lakeport Cluster, questioned how the property owner will maintain the upgraded site.

“We know Chevy Chase Land’s heart is in the right place. They did a fabulous job last year with the new landscaping, and their plan is to build community activities. But what they propose is in the wrong place — far too close to residential developments,” Blankespoor said.

The development team said they were open to removing the gaming features of the site, including ping pong tables, in order to allay community concerns. DRB members also suggested removing outdoor cushions, which could end up in the lake, and adding more shaded trees.

In response to concerns about attracting area teens, Michael Casey of Kimley-Horn said the plaza was open to “all generations” and should not exclude any demographic. By design, the commercial plaza is placed next to residential development, he said.

“This is what community is,” he said.

Given the “brutal reality” of the retail world, activating the space is necessary to ensure the long-term viability of the center, said Tom Regnell, president of Chevy Chase Land Company.

“We are interested in that very long-term view,” Regnell said.

Photos via handout

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Thursday Morning Notes

Top Reston Volunteers to Be Honored — An awards ceremony to recognize individuals, families, groups and businesses who make a significant contribution to the Reston community through volunteer service will be held tonight from 6:30-9 p.m. at The Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Ave.). [Reston Association]

Meeting on Glade Drive Bike Lanes Tonight — The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will host a community meeting tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. at Hunters Woods Elementary School (2401 Colts Neck Road) to discuss potential changes to Glade Drive, including the addition of bike lanes and sharrows. [Reston Now]

Fairfax Corner Art Festival (Sponsored) — Fairfax Corner will transform into an outdoor art showcase during the 2nd Annual Fairfax Corner Art Festival this weekend. Monument Corner Drive will feature more than 100 national and international artists, arranged in pop-up gallery style and filled with all mediums of fine art. Admission is free and it’s taking place this Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4100 Monument Corner Drive, Fairfax. [Howard Alan Events]

Reston Couples Find Business Success with Mat — Gerald and Michelle Zingraf, along with Ben and Camille Arneberg, have made about 6,000 sales of their new product, TerraMat, since February. The ergonomic anti-fatigue desk mat is designed to provide exercise, stretching and therapeutic massage for the feet of those who spend hours at a time standing at a desk. [Fairfax County EDA]

Red’s Table Has New Top Chef — Adam Stein has left Red’s Table to open his own D.C. restaurant, The Eleanor. Kevin Ettenson, 28, is the new executive chef at Red’s Table (11150 South Lakes Drive). Among his plans are an emphasis on housemade pastas and an expanded late-night menu. [Northern Virginia Magazine]

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Local Resident Part of Climate Reality Leadership Corps — Christina Blocksom, of Reston, is one of several area citizens who recently participated in Climate Reality Training in Denver. Former Vice President Al Gore founded the project. [Inside NOVA]

Red’s Table Has New Seasonal Cocktails — Rhubarb purée is a special ingredient in one of the spring drinks at the restaurant, located at the South Lakes Village Center. [DC Eater]

comScore Working With Facebook to Improve Digital Ads — The Reston-based company is introducing new demographic metrics to help provide advertisers with “transparent, uniform measurement across all platforms and devices.” [Yahoo! Finance]

‘Guys and Dolls’ Coming to Herndon HS Stage — The theater department at Herndon High School will present the musical comedy this weekend. There will be shows Friday and Saturday night, and a Sunday matinee. Tickets are $15. [Fairfax Times]

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Sold: South Lakes Village Center

 

South Lakes Village Center

South Lakes Village Center has a new owner. The shopping center was recently purchased by Chevy Chase Land Co. for $62 million, The CoStar Group reports. The center was previously owned by a subsidiary for Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers.

There are no plans for redevelopment of the 110,000-square-foot village center, which was built in 1984 and is anchored by Safeway.

South Lakes currently has only one vacancy, an 888-square-foot space formerly occupied by Yogiberry frozen yogurt.

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Reston ‘Upskirt’ Suspect Back in Court May 13

Michael Wayne Edwards, Sept. 6 booking/FCPDMichael Wayne Edwards, the man charged with filming women without their consent at the South Lakes Safeway in Reston last summer, will be back in court in two weeks.

Edwards, of Centreville, was found guilty of filming women and simulated masturbation in Fairfax County District Court in January.

However, Edwards’ attorneys immediately appealed the decision, which paves the way for a new trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

He has a motion hearing on May 13, court information shows.

Here’s what happened:

Edwards, who was employed as a trainer at a South Lakes fitness studio at the time of his arrest, was charged in August and September for two incidents.

The first incident was July 24, where the victim said she was in the South Lakes Safeway and felt someone someone bump her and then touch her underneath clothing while she was in the store.

The other incident was Aug. 5. In that incident, a woman said Edwards followed her as she shopped at Safeway, and then followed her down Sunrise Valley Drive as she returned to work. He also exposed himself, the woman said.

In the two cases, Edwards was charged with stalking with fear of death, indecent exposure, filming a person without their consent (three charges) and simulated masturbation. He was released on $2,500 bond last summer.

In court January, Judge Ian O’Flaherty dismissed three of the charges and found him guilty of two of the filming charges and the simulated masturbation charge.

O’Flaherty sentenced Edwards to one-year supervised probation and six months in jail.

However, Edwards’ attorney, Jennifer Raimo, immediately appealed the sentence. When that happens, the defendant can remain free on bond while the case is revisited in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

The Reston incidents were not the first time Edwards has been accused of a sexually related crime. In 2010, he was charged with several accounts of second-degree assault after he squirted semen from a bottle on women as they exited a Giant and Michael’s craft stores in Gaithersburg, Md.

Edwards pled guilty to one of those charges (the rest were dropped as part of the plea deal). He was fined $500 and given a three-year suspended jail sentence, Montgomery County records show. His probation period ended in June 2014.

Photo: Michael Wayne Edwards, Sept. 6 booking photo/FCPD

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Reston ‘Upskirt’ Suspect Found Guilty on Three Charges

Michael Wayne Edwards, Sept. 6 booking/FCPDMichael Wayne Edwards Jr., the Centreville man charged with filming women without their consent in the South Lakes Safeway, was found guilty by a Fairfax County District Court judge on several of the charges Friday.

Edwards, who was employed as a trainer at a nearby Reston gym at the time of his arrest, was charged in August and September for two incidents here.

The first incident was July 24, where the victim said she was in the South Lakes Safeway and felt someone someone bump her and then touch her underneath clothing while she was in the store.

The other incident was Aug. 5. In that incident, a woman said Edwards followed her as she shopped at Safeway, and then followed her down Sunrise Valley Drive as she returned to work. He also exposed himself, the woman said.

In the two cases, Edwards was charged with stalking, indecent exposure, filming a person without their consent (three charges) and simulated masturbation. He was released on $2,500 bond last summer.

In court Friday, Judge Ian O’Flaherty dismissed three of the charges and found him guilty of two of the filming charges and the simulated masturbation charge.

O’Flaherty sentenced Edwards to one-year supervised probation and six months in jail.

However, Edwards’ attorney, Jennifer Raimo, immediately appealed the sentence. When that happens, the defendant can remain free on bond while the case is revisited in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Raimo had no comment on the case.

This is not the first time Edwards has been accused of a sexually related crime. In 2010, he was charged with several accounts of second-degree assault after he squirted semen from a bottle on women as they exited a Giant and Michael’s craft stores in Gaithersburg, Md.

Edwards pled guilty to one of those charges (the rest were dropped as part of the plea deal). He was fined $500 and given a three-year suspended jail sentence, Montgomery County records show. His probation period ended in June 2014.

Photo: Michael Wayne Edwards, Sept. 6 booking photo/FCPD

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WaPo Critic Gives Mostly High Marks to Reston’s Red’s Table

Outdoor Deck at Red's TableWashington Post food critic Tim Carman recently spent some time at new Reston restaurant Red’s Table, giving the South Lakes Village Center spot two stars (good).

Carman had a lot to say — most of it good — about the family owned spot that opened in early September. He liked the homegrown roots of owners Matt, Pat and Ryan Tracy, who grew up in Reston. He liked the local beers and house-made baked goods. He praised chef Adam Stein’s creativity.

Said Carman: “Your brain may feast on ethical sourcing, but your palate cares about only one thing: Is the food tasty at this farmhouse-meets-warehouse-meets-boathouse space with views of Lake Thoreau? Mostly yes. Decidedly yes in some cases. Sometimes yes with a caveat. And on one rare occasion, a fork-dropping, entree-ending no.”

Read the full review on Washington Post.com.

Carman gave high marks to the burgers; the east coast take on cioppino; and the unusual calamari appetizer collaboration.

Not faring so well: a pumpkin mornay dip; an overcooked pork chop; and a too-salty pasta dish.

Ryan Tracy says he is pleased with the review.

What’s your own personal review of Red’s Table? Tell us in the comments.

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South Lakes Starbucks May Begin Selling Beer, Wine

South Lakes Starbucks

The South Lakes Village Center Starbucks may soon become a place for a glass of wine and small plates in the evenings.

The South Lakes location, at 11170 South Lakes Dr., is one of several Virginia locations seeking a license to sell wine and beer. The application was filed last week, according to Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control permit records. Other Northern Virginia Starbucks also seeking to add beer and wine service are in Arlington, Purcellville, Chantilly, Sterling and Great Falls.

The effort is part of the Starbucks Evenings program, which rolled out in August. The company began testing it in New York City, Denver, Miami, Orlando and Northern California. It has filed alcohol license applications for several hundred locations nationwide.

“We learned resoundingly that our customers want to come to Starbucks and have a glass of wine or a craft beer,” Rachel Antalek, Starbucks vice president of concept innovations, told USA Today in August. “There aren’t that many places to go in the evening where you can go very relaxed, very casual. It’s not loud. You can actually have a small group and hear yourself talk.”

On the Evenings menu: cheese plates, bacon-wrapped dates, spinach and artichoke dip, and truffle popcorn. There are about 10 wines on the wine list (available by the glass or bottle), as well as craft beer.

The coffee menu is also available during evening hours, Starbucks said.

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Former Reston Trainer Faces Additional ‘Upskirt’ Charges

Michael Wayne Edwards, Sept. 6 booking/FCPDMichael Wayne Edwards, a former Reston personal trainer who was charged last month with taking “upskirt” videos at the South Lakes Safeway, was arrested last week on an additional similar charge, Fairfax County Police said.

Edwards was charged on Sept 6 with filming a non-consented nude person. He was released on $2,500 bond, said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

The most recent charges stem from a July 24 incident. A woman said she was in the South Lakes Safeway and felt someone someone bump her and then touch her underneath clothing while she was in the store. She identified the person as Edwards.

Edwards has an Oct. 13 hearing in Fairfax County Court on the most recent charge.

In August, Edwards, 33, of Centreville, was charged with indecent exposure, simulated masturbation and filming a non-consented nude person. A woman told police she was shopping at Safeway when a man, identified as Edwards, was following her in the store on more than one occasion.

The victim said as she walked back to work that day, Edwards followed her as she walked near Sunrise Valley Drive and Lakespray Way. The man appeared to be videotaping and spoke to her.  The woman told police the man then exposed himself to her then he ran away. Officers identified the suspect and worked with store personnel to investigate.

Edwards told Reston Now in August he did not commit any crime. Edwards was fired from his job at Fusion360 gym, also located at South Lakes, shortly after the first arrest. He has a hearing date of Nov. 24 on the August charges.

This is not the first time Edwards has been accused of a sexually related crime. In 2010, he was charged with several accounts of second-degree assault after he squirted semen from a bottle on women as they exited a Giant and Michael’s craft stores in Gaithersburg, Md.

Edwards pled guilty to one of those charges (the rest were dropped as part of the plea deal). He was fined $500 and given a three-year suspended jail sentence, Montgomery County records show. His probation period ended in June 2014.

Photo: Michael Wayne Edwards, Sept. 6 booking photo/FCPD

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Now Open: Red’s Table at South Lakes Village Center

Outdoor Deck at Red's Table

After more than a year of renovations (and renovation setbacks), Red’s Table finally opened its doors at South Lakes Village Center over the weekend.

The locally owned spot is open daily at 4 p.m. for dinner service. Lunch service begins on Sept. 28, and Saturday and Sunday brunch will be begin on Oct. 3, said co-owner Ryan Tracy.

Ryan — along with brothers Matt and Pat — have been working on the restaurant at the former Lakeside Inn space since early 2014.

Ryan Tracy says Red’s Table gets as much locally sourced meat, produce and other products as possible. Red’s also bakes its breads and desserts in-house.

Specialties of the house: craft beer on tap; oysters; grass-fed steaks; and a large selection of small plates/ appetizers.

And of course, there is the setting. In addition to gutting the inside, the Tracys opened up the part of space overlooking Lake Thoreau for a large outdoor dining deck. Watch for the deck to be open through the fall — but know that the outdoor space closes at 10 p.m. nightly due to its location close to residential neighborhoods.

The inside space remains open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.

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First Call: Here’s a Sneak Peek at Red’s Table’s Beer List

On tap at Red's Table

Red’s Table, the long-anticipated, locally owned restaurant at South Lakes Village Center, will open its doors on Monday, Sept. 7.

Earlier this week, owners Ryan, Matt and Pat Tracy invited some friends and family in to taste some of the craft cocktails and see what’s on tap (lots of local brews) at the former Lakeside Inn space.

The restaurant has received a gut renovation. The new look includes reclaimed wood, granite, an open kitchen and a dining deck overlooking Lake Thoreau. See what’s on the menu in this previous Reston Now article.View from outdoor deck at Red's Table

Red’s Table will be open seven days a week for dinner (reservations accepted online), Ryan Tracy said. Lunch service should begin in late September, he added.

Meanwhile, here are some of the highlights of the drink selection:

On draft ($6-10)

  • Adroit Theory Angel’s Trumpet
  • Hardywood Pilsner
  • Hardywood Singel
  • Port City Optimal Wit
  • Port City Oktoberfest
  • Lost Rhino New River
  • Fair Winds Howling Gale
  • Flying Dog Pearl Necklace
  • 3 Stars Southern Belle
  • Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning
  • Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager
  • Forge Belgian Blonde
  • Potter’s Farmhouse Dry
  • Three Notch’d Hydraulion Red

More than two dozen beers also available in cans and bottles, ranging from Miller Lite ($5) and National Bohemian ($5) to DC Brau Public ($7), Bust Head English Pale Ale ($7) and Heavy Seas Peg Leg ($8).

Specialty Cocktails

Full bar is available, but here are some of the special drinks formulated by Reds’ bartenders:

  • Amarillo & Vine — Gin, cucumber, yellow pepper, lemon ($11)
  • Cure for the Common Cold — Cachaca, honey, lime, mint ($10)
  • Clingstone Punch — Rye, sweet tea, peach ($9)
  • Garden-Variety Mule — Vodka, lemon verbena, lime, ginger beer ($9)
  • Living on the River — Gin, Vermouth, Campari, Huckeberry ($12)
  • Bread and Roses — Irish Whiskey, Dry Madeira, orange bitters ($14)
  • Bittered & Twisted — Sweet vermouth, Quinquina, sparkling ($9)

Wine

There is an extensive wine list featuring varieties from Virginia, California, New Zealand, Spain, Chile, France and Italy.

Fourteen selections are available by the glass ($7-$14), there is an large list of wines by the bottle ($30-$$93). For wine descriptions, see the document below.

Beer, Wine and Speciality Cocktails at Red’s Table by Karen Goldberg Goff

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Sneak Peek: Red’s Table’s Dinner Menu

Red's TableLong-awaited South Lakes Village Center restaurant Red’s Table has a sneak peek at its dinner menu.

The locally owned spot plans on opening its doors around Labor Day, says co-owner Ryan Tracy.

Ryan and his brothers, Matt and Pat, have been working on the replacement to Lakeside Inn since early 2014.

The Tracys are planning an upscale spot with locally sourced ingredients. On the menu: Hand-cut steaks; raw bar items; small plates; charcuterie; and more. There will also be more than a dozen craft beers on tap, specialty cocktails and homemade desserts. Lunch service will start later in September, Ryan Tracy said.

See the sample menu on Red’s Table’s Facebook page.

Dinner small plates will run in the $8 to $12 range. Entrees from $14 to $38.

Red’s Table is still hiring. Apply by sending a resume to [email protected] or stop by the restaurant at 11150 South Lakes Village Center.

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‘Upskirt’ Suspect Will Have Court Date Sept. 22

Michael Wayne Edwards/FCPDThe Reston trainer accused of  “upskirt” filming a South Lakes Safeway shopper and exposing himself to her will have a day in court Sept. 22.

Michael Wayne Edwards Jr., 33, was arrested last week on charges of indecent exposure, simulated masturbation and filming a nonconsented nude person (taking unlawful images of another without consent), court records show.

The charges are all misdemeanors; Edwards has been released on bond. The Sept. 22 date is an adjudicatory hearing.

Edwards, of Centreville, was employed as a trainer at Fusion360, a personal training gym a few doors down from the Safeway at South Lakes Village Center, at the time of his arrest.

Police said that on Aug. 5, a woman who was at the Safeway buying lunch told them a man was following her in the store.

The victim said as she walked back about 1:15 p.m., the man, identified as Edwards, followed her as she approached Sunrise Valley Drive and Lakespray Way. The man appeared to be videotaping and spoke to her. She recalled him to be the same person from the store, police said.

The woman told police the man then reportedly exposed himself to her then he ran away. Officers worked with store personnel to determine the man had filmed the woman under her clothing in the store without her permission.

Contacted by Reston Now, Edwards denies the charges.

Edwards has previously been in trouble for sexual situations. In 2010, he was charged with several accounts of second-degree assault after he squirted semen from a bottle on women as they exited a Giant and Michael’s craft stores in Gaithersburg, Md.

Edwards pled guilty to one of those charges (the rest were dropped as part of the plea deal). He was fined $500 and given a three-year suspended jail sentence, Montgomery County records show. His probation period ended in June 2014.

Many Fusion 360 clients took to Reston Now’s Facebook page to defend the gym and praise Edwards in spite of the charges.

“Michael can be an absolute gentleman; articulate, polite, and mannerly,” said one commenter. “He’s kept the professional company of some of the most beautiful women in the fitness industry. If there is any credibility to this most recent charge, please factor in that this is not a schizophrenic looney who hides in a raincoat and is incapable of keeping a job.”

Police want to hear from any other potential victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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Police: Reston Trainer Took ‘Upskirt’ Video in South Lakes Safeway

Michael Wayne Edwards/FCPDA Centreville man who works as a trainer at a Reston gym was arrested last week after he allegedly followed a woman through the South Lakes Safeway and filmed an “upskirt” video of her.

Michael Wayne Edwards, 33, Centreville, works at Fusion360, a personal training gym a few doors down from the Safeway at South Lakes Village Center.

He has been charged with indecent exposure, simulated masturbation and filming a nonconsented nude person, court records show.

Here is what police said happened:

A woman who was shopping at Safeway reported to police that on Aug. 5, a man was following her in the store on more than one occasion.

The victim said as she walked back to work that day, the man, identified as Edwards, followed her as she walked near Sunrise Valley Drive and Lakespray Way. The man appeared to be videotaping and spoke to her. She recalled him to be the same person from the store.

The woman told police the man then reportedly exposed himself to her then he ran away. Officers identified the suspect and worked with store personnel to investigate.

Subsequently, an investigation determined that the suspect had filmed the woman under her clothing at the grocery store, said FCPD spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

Edwards told Reston Now on Tuesday “it wasn’t me. I did not do what she said.”

Edwards’ attorney, Lavonda Golden-Williams, did not immediately return calls.

This is not the first time Edwards has been accused of a sexually related crime. In 2010, he was charged with several accounts of second-degree assault after he squirted semen from a bottle on women as they exited a Giant and Michael’s craft stores in Gaithersburg, Md.

Edwards pled guilty to one of those charges (the rest were dropped as part of the plea deal). He was fined $500 and given a three-year suspended jail sentence, Montgomery County records show. His probation period ended in June 2014.

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Next Week: Hiring Open House at Red’s Table

 Red’s Table, the soon-to-open restaurant at South Lakes Village Center, is on a hiring spree.

The owners hope to start serving by the end of August, so they need lots of people to make it a success.

Red’s Table is holding hiring open houses Monday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1 to 5 p.m.

Apply in person at 11150 South Lakes Dr. if you are interested in the following openings:

  • Experienced Line Cooks, Shuckers, Prep Cooks
  • Experienced Servers and Bartenders
  • Dishwashers
  • Host Staff
  • Bussers

Here is what the Red’s Table folks want you to know:

At Red’s Table, we believe in hospitality on a personal level, inviting customers to our ‘table’ as readily as William “Red” Tracy did when he entertained family and friends as guests throughout his lifetime. We believe in knowing the farmers who grow our food and bring our seafood to market as well as we know our local customers. We believe in crafting food and drink from scratch, using top ingredients to bring our guests an experience to remember and a reason to return to Red’s Table time after time.

We are an independent group of locals who own multiple locations and have been in the business for two decades.  We don’t have a soul sucking corporate atmosphere but that doesn’t mean we don’t take our businesses, our jobs and our craft seriously. Under the direction of Executive Chef Adam Stein and General Manager Sharon Wetteland, we will be rocking Reston with creative, seasonal, locally sourced food and drink at a location like no other in town.

If you want to leave the cookie-cutter corporate nonsense and crushing DC commute behind, we would like to meet you. Know your stuff? Bring it.

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