Tysons, VA

Before the pandemic hit Northern Virginia, an international ramen restaurant was aiming to open in March in The Boro.

In March, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka pushed its expected opening to April. Now, the restaurant is looking to open in August with limited indoor and outdoor seating, according to a press release. The restaurant will also offer pickup and delivery services.

Jennie Kuperstein, a spokesperson for the restaurant, said that the pandemic delayed the opening at 1636 Boro Place.

The Hokkaido-style ramen chain started in Japan in 1983 and now has more than 60 restaurants in 10 countries, including 16 locations in the U.S., according to the press release.

Food’s Style USA, which has launched four Santouka’s restaurants in the Boston and Seattle areas, will open the Tysons restaurant, according to the press release.

Food’s Style USA’s CEO Jun Yoneda said in a statement that tables will be frequently disinfected, employees will undergo regular health screenings and sanitation training and the restaurant will follow state and CDC guidelines.

The restaurant’s menu includes tonkotsu soup, shio ramen, Japanese karaage-style fried chicken, fried rice and gyoza, the press release said.

“To make our signature tonkotsu broth, we simmer pork bones for about 20 hours over the low heat until it becomes pearly white and then add the vegetables, dried fish, kelp and other savory ingredients to it,” according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Once open, the Tysons restaurant’s hours will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Photo courtesy Santouka 

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Poki DC is now open with Hawaiian-inspired, veg-friendly options in The Boro in Tysons.

Diners can order food from the eatery via DoorDash, Grubhub and ChowNow. The menu features poke bowls; egg waffles; and Gong Cha milk tea, yogurt and coffee.

Poki DC opened in Tysons Corner Center last spring, but the mall and Poki DC’s websites no longer list the Tysons Corner Center location.

The Boro location (1632 Boro Place) opened last week and is open from noon-8 p.m. daily, according to an employee.

Photo via The Boro/Facebook

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Chi Mc is now serving up Korean fried chicken from its new location in the Town of Vienna.

About one year after permits first surfaced for the eatery, Chi Mc is now cooking up food in its new location in Danor Plaza (126 Branch Road SE).

The eatery was tentatively expected to open in the winter following delays with the permitting process, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit Northern Virginia in March.

Currently, Chi Mc is offering pick-up and delivery. Its online menu features a variety of chicken combos, starters like fries and onion rings, kimchi, pickled radish, pork belly buns and several Korean dish entrees, including japchae and pa jun.

Recently, Chi Mc has posted on Facebook about free samples at the Vienna location.

Chi Mc, which means “chicken and beer” in Korean, also has locations in Chantilly and Alexandria listed on its website, which notes that the Annandale spot is no longer a part of Chi Mc.

According to the Vienna location’s Facebook page, Chi Mc is open from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Photo via Chi Mc Vienna/Facebook

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After months of anticipation, the pizza eatery Union Pie is finally open at Jammin’ Java in Vienna.

Union Pie specializes in thin-crust, bar-style pizza, according to its website, which added that the menu offerings at this new location will be similar to other locations through the D.C. area.

To celebrate, Union Pie and Jammin’ Java are hosting a social distance grand opening this Saturday (May 30) from noon to 9 p.m., according to the Facebook event page.

“Dear friend and supporter — inspired and motivated to create some type of lifeline during this difficult time for all small businesses, we’re thrilled to announce that we are officially opening another location of Union Pie right inside the front door of Jammin Java,” the event page said.

People will be able to pick up sample alcoholic premade drinks and menu items at the party, according to the page.

Jammin’ Java, a local concert and event venue, was previously home to a South Block smoothie joint, but the owners decided to switch up culinary offerings, according to a Union Pie spokesperson.

Anyone interested in trying the food before the grand opening event can order online.

Photo via Union Pie/Facebook

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A new fast-food restaurant called China Village plans to come to Maple Avenue.

A Fairfax County permit indicates that the restaurant is working on altering the space at 335 Maple Avenue E. The 1,400-square-foot spot used to be the former home of GNC in the shopping center anchored by Giant.

The restaurant is one of several businesses looking to open in Vienna during the coronavirus pandemic.

Image via Google Maps

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While many small businesses are currently struggling to weather the coronavirus pandemic, several upcoming ones are continuing their plans to open in Vienna.

Signage considerations for South Block’s planned relocation to 207 Maple Avenue E. and a cookie chain’s new location in the town are on the agenda for Vienna’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting tonight (Thursday).

Crumbl Cookies started hiring for its upcoming Vienna location back earlier this year. BAR documents indicate that the cookie chain plans to occupy 203 Maple Ave E, which is between Cold Stone Creamery and Noodles & Company.

Viva Sol Juice Company is also planning on coming to the town at 124 Maple Ave W. in the Vienna Shopping Center, according to BAR documents and a Fairfax County permit.

The sign for the newly opened PizzaRoni is also on tonight’s agenda.

Photo via South Block/Facebook

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Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a new Asian fusion eatery is set to open in June at Idylwood Plaza.

Bing & Bao, a casual restaurant offering Chinese street food, will move into a vacant spot at 7505 Leesburg Pike, according to a company spokesperson.

Since the eatery doesn’t have outdoor seating and won’t be able to serve sit-down meals, the spokesperson said that Bing & Bao will only offer carryout at first.

For anyone seeking a job, the location is also hiring. People can find contact information on the eatery’s website.

Due to concerns about large gatherings, the spokesperson also said it might not host a grand opening celebration.

Going forward, the spokesperson said that eatery staff will be mindful of mandates and will reevaluate the situation as need-be.

Photo via Bing and Bao/Facebook

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Despite the ongoing pandemic, baddpizza still aims to open a new McLean location in the next few weeks, according to Joel Salamone, the eatery’s owner.

Though there isn’t an opening date set, the upcoming location at 6263 Old Dominion Drive will “100%” be open by June, Salamone said, adding that he might open it sooner if possible.

Inspired by Buffalo-style food, the pizza parlor not only serves medium-crust pizza, but also hot wings, salads, desserts and sub sandwiches, according to its website.

Unlike other joints, baddpizza has a sweeter sauce and places toppings right up to the edge, according to Salamone.

The new location joins another in Falls Church (346 W. Broad Street), which opened in February.

Photo via baddpizza/Facebook

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A new pizza place in Vienna has opened its doors and now offers customers a variety of Italian fare for delivery.

PizzaRoni opened in the former Keiko Charcoal Chicken spot (235 Maple Ave E.) and is currently delivering orders, according to its website. The pizza place joins a list of more than a 100 local restaurants offering delivery or curbside pick-up to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic.

The restaurant is also locally owned by a resident who moved to Vienna with his wife and previously opened a pizza shop in New York, according to the Vienna VA Foodies Facebook page.

On the menu, customers can find also find subs, appetizers, salads, entrees like pasta, gyros and wings, according to the website.

The hours of operation are  Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until midnight and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

People who want to make an order can call 703-319-0002, the website said.

Photo via Vienna VA Foodies/Facebook

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Updated at 7:45 p.m. — Updated to reflect that Texas Jack’s Ranch and Texas Jack’s Barbecue are separate restaurants that are not affiliated.

Texas Jack’s Ranch is looking to open near the Greensboro Metro station this fall.

The restaurant will come to the Lumen apartment building (1755 Tysons Central Street), according to a press release.

Diners can expect the restaurant to “blend the best traditions from Central Texas and the rustic regions of Italy.”

The owner of Texas Jack’s Ranch is Steve Roberts, who is also involved in Texas Jack’s Barbecue in Arlington along with Paul Capetanakis. Capetanakis told Tysons Reporter that the two restaurants are not affiliated.

Texas Jack’s Ranch will occupy a 9,200-square-foot space “with 23-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a fully-heated patio,” along with a brick oven and two full bars, the press release said.

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