Tysons, VA

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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Guests at the newly opened Bear Branch Tavern in Vienna have the chance to check out artwork from a Falls Church-based artist.

The restaurant at 133 Maple Ave E. began serving guests in late February, according to David Barr, who designed three individual works of art that now adorn the walls of the restaurant.

Each work is based on local history and helps to encompass the personality of Vienna, Barr said, adding that he worked with Chris Lefbom, one of the eatery’s owners, on the project.

One mural stretches 18 feet across a wall to tell the story of the Battle of Vienna, which took place in 1861 between Union and Confederate troops, Barr said.

The inspiration for the mural came from a square vintage sketch that Leftbom presented to Barr.

Leftbom said he wanted it to look like “something you would find in someone’s closet,” according to Barr. “They wanted it to look weathered.”

Barr took artistic license to add a “pop of color” and expand the scene.

Two other smaller works include a pop-style collage that fits Barr’s signature style but still managed to include historically important aspects of the town, such as the Freeman Store and the Vienna railroad, he said.

One work features old signage from a 1957 Texaco station. “I gravitated toward old signage because I always love working with texts,” Barr said.

The second painting highlights the Freeman Store, which still stands today and serves as the headquarters for Historic Vienna, Inc. People can visit to learn about the area and shop at the gift shop, the museum’s website said.

People who want to check out the artwork for themselves and grab a bite to eat can visit Bear Branch Tavern. A full menu can be found online a well.

Photos courtesy David Barr 

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A new restaurant plans to start serving up a “traditional” Cantonese brunch this spring in Tysons.

The upcoming HAN Palace (7900 Westpark Drive) will feature an all-day dim sum menu and will be the first restaurant in the D.C., Maryland or Virginia area to do so, according to the location’s owner Chris Zhu, who added that most restaurants only offer dim sum for lunch.

The eatery plans to open in April, according to Zhu. She plans to host a soft opening with VIP promotions before the grand opening later next month once supplies from China arrive, she said.

Dim sum is a form of Chinese small-plate dining that traditionally allows families and groups to gather for a communal meal. Items usually include various types of dumplings and sweets served in a steamer basket.

People familiar with China Garden (11333 Woodglen Drive), which recently relocated to Rockville, Md., may recognize the style of cooking since the restaurants are both owned by Zhu.

HAN Palance will be open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day and feature happy hour specials on drinks from 4 to 7 p.m., Zhu said.

Two hours of free garage parking will be offered on weekdays, and free validation will be offered after 6 p.m. on weekdays and for six hours on the weekends, according to the restaurant’s Facebook post.

Photo courtesy Chris Zhu

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People craving a sweet treat in Vienna will have the option to pick up a snack at the upcoming location for Crumbl Cookies.

Though the chain hasn’t released details about when it will open or its exact location, a spokesperson confirmed that details will be available on social media within the coming months.

Currently, Crumbl Cookies has 69 locations across the country where people can enjoy a weekly rotating menu consisting of six different cookies, according to the company’s website, which added that the company also offers delivery and catering services. No locations are currently listed for Virginia.

Crumbl Cookies is currently hiring a manager for the Vienna location. The job posting can be found on Indeed.

Photo via Crumbl Cookie/Facebook

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A cafe proposed along Leesburg Pike wants to add a late-night option to Tysons’ growing food scene and after-hours options.

The cafe would occupy the main level of a two-story building at 7787 Leesburg Pike, according to county documents. The restaurant would be open from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. every day, according to the proposal.

The site, which used to house a United Bank branch, is in the southeast corner of the Leesburg Pike and I-495 interchange and north of George Marshall High School. It is located within Tysons’ East Side neighborhood.

According to the plans, the site provides 36 parking spaces, with the cafe expecting to use 20 of those spots.

“Since most of the use of the restaurant will be during the evening hours, then the main operation hours will be outside the peak (rush) traffic flow for the area,” the applicant said. “It is not anticipated to change the overall traffic level for the existing Leesburg Pike.”

The county’s Planning Commission is set to consider the proposed restaurant in late June.

Image via Google Maps 

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A new British pub with live music is no longer eyeing a spot in the building that also houses Amphora Bakery in Vienna.

Tom Kyllo, the applicant for the project, told the town’s Planning Commission at the meeting yesterday (Wednesday) that plans to bring the Hawk & Griffin Pub to 405-409 Maple Avenue W. have been withdrawn.

Kyllo said that issues with signage rules and the site’s subdivision prompted the withdrawal.

“This site is one of those difficult sites in Vienna,” Kyllo said, adding that the subdivision means that there is one site plan for two sites. Since it is a shared site, Kyllo said that the pub would share a dumpster with the other businesses there, but would not have shared parking.

“Because we are on a side street, we can’t have a sign on Lewis Street,” Kyllo said. “And because don’t own the property, we can’t have the sign on Maple [Avenue].”

Kyllo told the Planning Commission that he is looking to bring “the authentic British public house atmosphere” with live acoustic music to another spot in the town.

Image via Town of Vienna 

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Hei Hei Tiger is now serving up Cantonese cuisine in Tysons Galleria’s Urbanspace.

The new eatery is from the team behind Tiger Fork in D.C. and opened yesterday (Tuesday) in the mall, according to a press release.

“Hei Hei Tiger (pronounced ‘hey hey tiger’) means ‘Happy Happy Tiger’ in Chinese,” according to the press release. “The double happiness characters are significant in Chinese culture, symbolizing a union and joy.”

The restaurant is serving up Chinese barbecue, Hong Kong-style noodle bowls, soft serve and will soon offer boba milk tea, the press release said. The octagon-shaped bar offers “Traditional Chinese Medicine” cocktails, teas, tonics, sake, beer, wine and more.

More from the press release:

The culinary program is led by co-owner Will Fung, who has been part of Tiger Fork’s operating team since day one, in collaboration with the group’s corporate chef/co-owner Nathan Beauchamp and co-owner Greg Algie.

A Hong Kong native, Fung has more than 20 years of industry experience, both back-of-house as a former sushi chef at Sushiko and founder of the Dirty South Deli food truck, and front-of-house as former general manager at Ted’s Bulletin and Matchbox. Most recently, Fung spent his entire 2018 in Kyoto, cooking and training in 3-Michelin star Kaiseki restaurants Kikunoi and Takesh igero under the guidance of chef Yoshihiro Murata.

Inspired by the styles of Hong Kong dining, Fung draws on his childhood and familial cooking heritage, plus the techniques learned from his Japanese training, such as the fine art of dashi and intricate broths and sauces, and modernizing the recipes for today at Hei Hei Tiger…

A private dining room will follow, eventually serving dim sum brunches and hosting private events.

“Before we opened Tiger Fork, we always had this idea to open a hybrid service, casual-style concept offering Chinese BBQ and Hong Kong noodle soups,” Algie said in the press release. “After seeing the success and positive response to Tiger Fork, and with Will at the helm, we’re excited to make our first expansion outside of D.C.”

The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays.

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Updated 10:50 p.m. — Corrects proposed performance times.

British music enthusiasts may soon be able to enjoy food and drink at an upcoming restaurant in Vienna.

The Hawk & Griffin Pub wants to offer guests a place to listen to live music while grabbing something from the bar or kitchen at 405 W. Maple Ave, according to town documents.

Currently, a brick building built-in 1988 occupies the site.

The owners are hoping to include options for indoor and outdoor performance space on a patio for both solo and small group acoustic performances, the documents said.

“Musical performances will be a way to help create the authentic British public house atmosphere,” the application for zoning approval said.

Proposed performance times would be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. or 9 p.m. to midnight, depending on the season.

The proposal is set to go before the Vienna Planning Commission tomorrow (Feb. 26).

Photo via Google Maps

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A Mexican restaurant plans to debut in the Vienna area this week.

El Sol plans to open at 262 Cedar Lane SE, Suite C in the Cedar Park Shopping Center on Thursday (Feb. 27), according to a press release.

Restauranteurs Alfredo and Jessica Solis, brother and sister, are behind El Sol, which currently has a D.C. spot, along with Mezcalero and Anafre, which are also in D.C.

Jessica will lead the kitchen, while Alfredo will manage Mezcalero and Anafre, according to the press release.

“We just set out to cook the food we grew up eating and now we have four restaurants. It’s incredible,” Jessica said in the press release.

Diners can expect traditional Mexican foods like street tacos, carne asada, gorditas and other items.

The menu includes a dish where a mixture of cheeses prepared atop the grill in a large plant leaf and another one with a bowl of oysters, shrimp, fish, octopus, avocado and spicy tomato.

More from the press release:

El Sol is an anchor tenant for the plaza which is currently undergoing redevelopment,” the press release said. “This is also the Solis’s largest restaurant at 80 seats and 3900 square feet…

The Vienna shop is a family-friendly full-service establishment that also offers weekend brunch, just like the D.C. location. A full bar highlighting mezcal and tequila is also be available.

Unlike El Sol D.C. and the other Solis restaurants, the Vienna restaurant has a private dining space that can accommodate up to 20 guests.

The restaurant plans to open at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Photo via El Sol/Facebook

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Alexandria-based Urbano 116 is planning on opening in the former spot of Brine in the Mosaic District.

Common Plate Hospitality announced in a press release that the restaurant will open this summer and will be the second one for Urbano.

The Mexican restaurant will take over Brine’s old spot at 2985 District Ave, Suite 120.

“Look for an expanded menu and more traditional Tex-Mex items from the kitchen,” the press release said.

The menu is set to include nine taco options with “made to order” tortillas, burritos, taco salads, enchiladas, chimichangas and fajita platters.

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