Tysons Corner, VA

The Helzberg Diamonds at the corner of the Tysons Corner Center food court is temporarily closed as the store seems to be mid-takeover for the adjacent vacant space.

The diamond store seems to be devouring the former Wetzel’s Pretzels, which closed earlier this month.

A sign at the construction-barrier notes that Helzberg Diamonds can still be found at a temporary location near the Lord & Taylor on the mall’s first floor.

The move leaves Pokeworks surrounded by empty space after Sweet Leaf’s closure, which was a part of a recent series of casualties in the first floor of the food court.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken up a new residence in McLean.

Biden and his wife Jill are renting a Georgian-style, nearly 12,000-square-foot home in McLean, according to the Washington Post.

Built in 1989, the two-story house features five bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen and a gym. The monthly rent for the house is about $20,500, according to Zillow.

The house was previously owned by former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, according to county documents. Investor Mark Ein bought the house in 2016 for more than $4 million, according to the Washington Post.

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Hair studio Sundown and Rise Up is coming to the former space of the Maple Avenue Market in the Town of Vienna.

Sundown and Rise Up will offer haircuts, blow-drys, coloring, highlights and balayage services, according to its website.

From the website:

Sundown & Rise Up represents a new emergence into a truly one of kind dynamic salon work space centered upon hair, creativity, freedom, community, music and positive vibrations. Sundown & Rise Up strives to provide Vienna and the neighboring communities a new kind of hair salon experience.

The Maple Avenue Market closed in February after nearly 10 years in downtown Vienna.

The studio is set to open “very early July 2019” at 128 E. Maple Avenue according to an Instagram post by the owner of the studio.

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The first day of summer is here.

With a budding nightlife scene in Tysons and nearby attractions in D.C., there is plenty to do around the area.

Now that the days are slowly getting shorter as the temperatures start to rise, let us know what your summer plans are.

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Update 1:30 p.m. — A ribbon-cutting for a new athletic field in Tysons on Saturday, June 22, as part of a broader mission to make Tysons more park friendly.

The ribbon-cutting is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. at the new Quantum Field, tucked into the southeast corner of the Beltway-Leesburg Pike at 7980 Quantum Drive.

The field and adjacent parking lot are the result of a proffer agreement with The Meridian Group, the developers of the nearby Boro project. The Boro includes 700 residences along with commercial and office spaces and a movie theater.

“Meridian designed and constructed a synthetic turf athletic field with a playing surface of dimensions 180 feet by 360 feet to accommodate five sports, as well as black vinyl perimeter chain link fencing, concrete walkways, bleacher pads, athletic field and parking lot lighting, sound containing walls and landscaping,” a press release said. “The field development was substantially completed in May.”

Athletic fields have been identified by Fairfax County staff as a critical need for Tysons, particularly in the increasingly residential areas along Leesburg Pike.

As more developments come online in Tysons, more athletic fields are planned along Leesburg Pike. In April, developers of The Mile project submitted plans for a synthetic turf field at 8229 Boone Blvd.

Photo via Fairfax County Government

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Tysons Corner Center just welcomed its second poke place, adding to the veg-friendly eatery options in the mall.

Poki DC debuted in the food court on the third level over the weekend and is letting diners buy one regular bowl with two proteins and get a second one for free until Friday (June 21) to celebrate the opening.

Inspired by Hawaiian cuisine, the D.C.-based eatery offers build-your-own bowls and mochi.

Down on the first level, the mall has another poke place — Pokéworks, which serves up poke burritos, bowls and salads.

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(Updated at 2:05 p.m. on 6/19/19) This fall, shoppers and diners in Tysons will have new shops and restaurants to check out at The Boro development.

The development by The Meridian Group has curated a growing list of retailers and restaurants over the last several months, including a 14-screen ShowPlace ICON Theatre, onsite food hall and brewery and recently announced F45 gym.

According to Caroline Flax, an associate at the Meridian Group, here what’s coming soon to The Boro:

Restaurants, eateries and grocery stores:

Retailers, services, fitness and entertainment:

The places are expected to open this fall through spring 2020, a spokesman for The Boro, told Tysons Reporter.

The 70,000-square -foot flagship Whole Foods is expected to open this fall.

Image via The Meridian Group

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Patsy’s American is ready and open for business, but Randy’s Prime Seafood and Steaks needs a little more time.

The pair of restaurants, along with the recently opened Best Buns, are part of a trifecta of new eateries from Great American Restaurants (GAR) at 8051 Leesburg Pike.

Staff at Patsy’s American said that Randy’s is scheudled to open sometime in mid-July, but no definitive date has been established.

Randy’s Prime Seafood and Steaks is set to include seafood towers, wagyu steaks and American wines, according to Northern Virginia Magazine.

The restaurants are named after Randy and Patsy Norton, a husband-and-wife restaurant team who were two of the founders of GAR in 1976. Today, GAR is a regional enterprise with dozens of restaurants, including Coastal Flats in Tysons Corner Center.

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Canadian clothing brand Roots plans to open in Tysons Corner Center later this year.

A sign outside the store says that Roots will arrive in October in the former Aldo space on the second level by the Victoria’s Secret.

The company sells women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing, with a focus on leisure wear and leather goods branded with the beaver logo.

Started in Toronto in 1973, Roots now has more than 120 stores across North America, according to its website.

For shoppers who can’t wait until October, Roots has stores in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and Georgetown.

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Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

TenPenh serves up contemporary Asian fare with wallet-friendly happy hour bites and drinks.

Around 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday, the bar area was mostly packed with groups of people ordering small bites from the menu, which features a range of Asian cuisines spanning Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Happy hour goers can choose from a wide selection of drinks and $5, $6 and $7 bites. Drinks offered include signature cocktails like the Asian Mojito, Matcha Mule and Frozen Mai Tai, along with $5 draft beer, wine, sake and champagne. Lamb pot stickers, pork belly bao buns and Filipino BBQ pork skewers are some of the 13 small bites on the menu.

The happy hour menu runs from 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and for drinks only from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday.

The restaurant itself is inspired by the layout of a traditional Chinese courtyard house and even includes a contemporary moon gate. Each room has its own character, from the outdoor courtyard to the bar with its earth-toned wall decor.

“TenPenh Tysons evokes the sense of a private home of a sophisticated westerner who has lived in Asia and absorbed the serenity of its highest aesthetic: calm, uncluttered, and inviting,” the website says.

Located at 7900 Westpark Drive, the restaurant is less than a 10-minute walk from the Tysons Corner Metro station.

TenPenh is open 5:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30-11 p.m. on Friday and 4-11 p.m. on Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.

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