Tysons, VA

After much anticipation from the Merrifield community, the new Popeyes is finally serving up the infamous chicken sandwiches alongside other menu items.

The location (2835 Gallows Road) opened last week. Nader Saleh, the location’s owner, said that business is booming and has been steady so far.

As of 12:05 p.m. today (Wednesday), the lunch rush line wrapped around the restaurant. Saleh stood behind the counter, yelling out names for pickup and assisting his staff to keep up with the rush.

The employees seemed to struggle to keep up with the orders, not to mention other duties like answering the phones.

Omar Nedjar, a Popeyes regular who said he eats there about two times per week, said he gets annoyed by the crowds that come with the infamous chicken sandwich.

“I’m not here for the sandwich. I’m here for the drumsticks,” he told Tysons Reporter.

The location is open until 11 p.m. every day.

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Chick-fil-A is preparing to open along Maple Avenue.

The chicken chain announced on Facebook that the new location is set to hold a grand opening next Thursday (Nov. 21).

Franchise owner Jeff Hubley previously said that he is looking to hire up to 100 people for full- and part-time positions, including leadership development, hospitality and training, according to a press release. Employees can expect to have Sundays off and scholarship opportunities for continuing education.

“We still have several positions available for our Daytime Front of House team (breakfast and lunch hours), which has a full-time offering of $15/hour,” according to the Facebook post.

The restaurant will be on the ground floor of a building that will also house a Flagship Carwash on the second floor at 540 W. Maple Avenue.

Image via Town of Vienna

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TenPenh plans to stop serving up contemporary Asian fare in Tysons next week.

Known for its wide selection of drinks and $5, $6 and $7 bites for happy hour, the restaurant (7900 Westpark Drive) combines cuisines from Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines.

The restaurant’s last day will be next Friday, Nov. 22, according to a post on the restaurant’s website.

“Many thanks to all of our great guests and foodies who joined us over the past three years,” the post says. “We’ve loved getting to know and feed you all!  We hope you will stop by to bid us a fond farewell!”

“In addition to TenPenh, Passion Food Hospitality Group also owns connected spots District Common and Burger Tap & Shake and two locations of Passionfish, one in Reston and one in Bethesda,” according to Washington Business Journal, which first reported the restaurant’s upcoming closure.

The restaurant itself is inspired by the layout of a traditional Chinese courtyard house and even includes a contemporary moon gate, according to its website.

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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B.GOOD is getting ready to serve up grain bowls and burgers near the Spring Hill Metro station next week.

The fast-casual chain is set to open its Tysons location (1495 Cornerside Blvd, Suite 118) next Thursday (Nov. 14), Sammy Brodsky, a spokesperson for B.GOOD, told Tysons Reporter.

Diners can expect a variety of grain bowls, salads, burgers, milkshakes and smoothies, according to a press release.

The chain prides itself on offering a “wide-range of better-for-you fare to health-conscious locals,” according to a press release. This will be B.GOOD’s first spot in the D.C. area and 65th location in the U.S.

“There is a diverse population of savvy diners who know what good food is all about, and there is ongoing demand for fast, healthier food options,” Chris Fuqua, B.GOOD’s chief executive officer, said in the press release about choosing the Tysons area.

B.GOOD is one of several newcomers to Tysons West Phase III — including newly opened Smoothie King and Dunkin’ Donuts. Sandwich shop Jersey Mike’s is also planning on opening at the redevelopment across from Walmart.

A grand opening next Thursday will include smoothie samples and prize giveaways, along with free entree deals for the first 50 attendees’ next visits and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., according to the press release.

The eatery will be open from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sundays.

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With the grand opening of Whole Foods, other businesses in The Boro are following suit.

MyEyeDr opened its doors yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 29) for customers.

The new spot will host an official grand opening party next Saturday (Nov. 9), a store spokesperson said, adding that the location will offer discounts for patrons.

MyEyeDr is an optometrist chain that specializes in eye care and eyewear, according to its website. Patients and customers can find a list of their local doctors and book appointments online.

Nearby in The Boro, Fish Taco is expected to open in December, according to a sign outside its upcoming location.

The eatery serves up a variety of fast-food options including tacos, burritos, appetizers and alcoholic beverages, according to the menu on its website.

Fish Taco has not released more information about the opening yet, but a sign says the location is hiring.

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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.

The Washington Nationals are back in D.C. for the third game tonight in the World Series.

As D.C.’s baseball team prepares face the Houston Astros at 8 p.m., Tysons Reporter has found some places around the Tysons area offering specials or hosting watch parties for the World Series — including new ones since last week’s roundup.

Here’s where to bring the “Natitude” tonight (Friday).

The Tysons Biergarten (8346 Leesburg Pike) plans to have a watch party tonight with $8 food specials. The watering hole was four projectors — two outside and two indoor inside — for people to watch the game, along with 17 TVs.

The Town of Vienna is hosting a “Big Game Watch Party” starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Oct. 25) in the main gym at the Vienna Community Center (120 Cherry Street SE). Chairs will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Taco Bamba spots in Falls Church (2190 Pimmit Drive) and Vienna (164 W. Maple Avenue) has the “Baby Shark Taco” for $4.50, according to a press release. The taco will include Venezuelan spiced fish “cazón” style with guacamole, green goddess-dressed cilantro and cabbage.

Meanwhile, pizza chain Matchbox will give diners wearing Nats gear on game days food and drinks at happy hour prices. Matchbox has a local spot in the Mosaic District at 2911 District Avenue, Suite 120.

Caboose Tavern (520 Mill Street NE) is offering $2 off of growler fills on game days and plans to hold watch parties from 8-10:30 p.m.

Settle Down Easy Brewing (2822 Fallfax Drive) in the Falls Church area plans to have a watch party with free pizza and $1 pints anytime a Nats player hits a home run. “We will extend our hours until the end of the game,” according to the Facebook event.

#StayintheFight

Photo via Caboose Tavern/Facebook

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The team behind Sen Khao has a new quick-service sandwich pop-up open in Tysons Galleria’s Urbanspace.

LaoWich recently opened at the mall, according to Tysons Galleria.

The sandwich pop-up shop is located on the third level next to Saks Fifth Avenue, across from Sen Khao.

“Chef Seng is here to cure your sandwich sads with a unique menu of Laotian eats served on brioche buns, all slathered with her signature sen-sauce,” according to Tysons Galleria.

Diners can find a rotating menu of Asian sweets and drinks from 4-6 p.m. at LaoWich.

Photo via LaoWich/Facebook

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(Updated 10/24/19) A Mediterranean restaurant and dumpling eatery are some of the newcomers headed to Falls Plaza in the the City of Falls Church — and they are hiring.

Tasty Dumpling and Plaka Grill have “now hiring” signs in their windows at the shopping center at 1200 W. Broad Street.

For Tasty Dumpling, interested people can contact Linda at 703-946-6037 and 703-269-1752. For Plaka Grill, people can send resumes to [email protected] or call 571-484-9446.

Plaka Grill is moving into a roughly 3,500-square-foot space by Giant, while Tasty Dumpling will occupy a 1,400-square-foot space between CVS and Staples, according to the shopping center’s brochure.

Plaka Grill, a locally-owned Greek restaurant, is relocating its Falls Church location from 513 W. Broad Street to Falls Plaza. The restaurant also has a spot in Vienna.

“With the move to the new location in Falls Plaza, the restaurant will be expanding its footprint with additional kitchen space that will allow the restaurant to expand its catering offerings,” according to a press release from the restaurant.

The restaurant is planning to open in November, the press release said.

“We’re thrilled to move to a location with abundant parking to better serve our customers,” Peter Drosos, the restaurant’s owner and chef, said in the press release. “Falls Plaza is ideally situated, and we’re excited for the opportunity to be more accessible to our guests whether they’re choosing to dine in with us or get carry-out, delivery or catering.”

Sandwich chain Jersey Mike’s and Rania’s Love Vegetarian Restaurant also have signs saying they are coming to the shopping center.

A spokesperson for Jersey Mike’s said that the eatery is aiming for a December opening.

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(Updated 10/26/19) MarginEdge, a Merrifield-based restaurant software startup, has raised millions of dollars in a recent funding round.

The company recently raised $5 million in Series A funding — bringing their total funding to $10.4 million, according to a press release.

“Osage Venture Partners led the round, with participation from In Good Company… and other restaurant owner investors,” the press release said.

Headquartered at 8315 Lee Hwy, MarginEdge processes invoices for restaurants. Restaurant employees send pictures of receipts and invoices to the company, which then processes them and connects the restaurant to point of sales partners.

“We’re excited to see this approach resonating, with a dozen of our clients investing in the company and a 12-month customer retention rate of 94%,” the company’s CEO Bo Davis said.

The company said in the press release that it plans to use the money to expand geographically and add new partnerships.

MarginEdge also recently signed its 1,000th restaurant, according to the press release.

Some of the restaurants the company works with include District Taco, Chef Geoff’s, South Block and Hank’s Oyster Bar.

“MarginEdge allowed our team to go from being an accounting department to being more of a finance department,” Javier Retamar, the chief financial officer of Maple Street Biscuits, said. “Now, it’s not just about inputting things after the fact; we have the time and tools to analyze.”

Photo via MarginEdge/Facebook

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New Mexican cuisine is coming to the Vienna area.

A liquor license is pending for El Sol at 262 Cedar Lane SE, Suite C in the Cedar Park Shopping Center.

Restauranteur Alfredo Solis is behind El Sol, which currently has a D.C. spot, along with Mezcalero and Little Havana — also in D.C.

The restaurant plans to let diners build their own tacos and order other items like quesadillas and tortas with a fast-casual style service for lunch and sit-down dining for dinner, Washingtonian reported. Diners can expect El Sol to open in Vienna this fall, Eater reported.

Tysons Reporter reached out to the leasing agent and property owner of the shopping center and will update this story if they respond.

Photo via El Sol/Facebook

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