Tysons Corner, VA

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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Falls Church may soon have a new watering hole before the end of the year.

The Casual Pint is a self-proclaimed beer market that plans to open a new location at 6410 Arlington Blvd.

The national chain offers customers a place to hang out while sampling a variety of alcoholic beverages and allow guests to take home six-packs, growlers or kegs, according to its website.

There are currently 15 other locations throughout the country, including one in Virginia Beach. Each location offers a variety of beer, wine and food.

Currently, the Falls Church location is awaiting approval from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage and Control Authority.

The location hopes to open around Dec. 1, Darren McClure, the location’s owner, told Tysons Reporter.

“We will have a ribbon-cutting and give away growlers to the first 50 people plus other prizes all night,” he said.

Photo via Facebook

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Almost one year after it’s expected opening date, Archontiko just started serving up modern Greek dishes in McLean.

The restaurant opened about one week ago, an employee told Tysons Reporter.

Archontiko occupies the former spot of Evo Bistro, another Mediterranean restaurant, at 1313 Old Chain Bridge Road. The restaurant’s opening was delayed multiple times due to construction work and the inspections from Fairfax County.

Diners can find a crab burger, vegetarian entrees, pikilia (a plate of mixed appetizers) and sandwiches served over pita bread with lemon potatoes and salad on the lunch menu. Meanwhile, the dinner menu features seafood and lamb entrees, vegetarian entrees and salads — including Greek salad.

For dessert, there’s baklava, rice pudding with cinnamon, yogurt cake and more.

Executive Chef Markos Baladimas creates dishes inspired by traditional Greek cuisine, “which is combining the simplicity of the raw materials with the richness of their flavors,” according to the restaurant’s website.

The restaurant’s hours are 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sundays, the employee said.

Photo via Archontiko

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Tysons Galleria has welcomed a new restaurant focused on steak and fries.

“We are a new restaurant specializing in Steak Frites… We prep our ingredients daily in order to ensure only the highest quality food is served,” according to job postings on Snag.

The restaurant has line cook, cashier and server positions open and pays $15-$18 per hour.

Butcher’s Cut is one of 10 full-service restaurants at the mall, including Lebanese Taverna and the Cheesecake Factory.

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New shops and restaurants are planning to open in Mosaic District.

Shoppers at the mixed-use development in Merrifield can expect a Sephora and Drybar to arrive.

As for food, a Connecticut-based eatery called The Granola Bar is the latest of half of a dozen eateries planning to open, including Neapolitan pizza chain Pupatella and Urban Hot Pot.

Pick your favorite below and tell us in the comments which other ones you are ready for.

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As residents start to populate the new Boro development, several eateries and businesses have announced opening dates.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is now open. Flower Child and Spaces are not far behind.

Flower Child (1656 Boro Place) is set to open Tuesday, Oct. 15. The eatery will serve up bowls, grains, greens and various wraps, along with organic drinks like kombucha, wine and beer.

Meanwhile, Spaces will open Nov. 11. The co-working space offers various monthly plans starting at $226 per month.

Spaces has already rented several offices, Rocco Nori, a sales manager for Spaces in The Boro said, adding that some customers also chose to relocate to the new location.

“This suite of private offices, meeting rooms and communal areas is flooded with natural light and entrepreneurial spirit,” the website said.

Earlier this week, Whole Foods announced its grand opening for Oct. 30. The flagship store for the Mid-Atlantic region will include a food hall with offerings from OfficinaGenji IzakayaCuriosity Doughnuts and Rappahannock Oyster Co.

A little more than a dozen other eateries, stores and services have yet to announce when they will open.

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As businesses and restaurants start moving into an apartment building in the Mosaic District, people might notice that the building is absent from the “map view” on Google Maps.

Across the street from the Avalon Mosaic apartment building, the building at 2980 District Avenue has a sign indicating its apart of the Modera apartment building and is

Switch from bird’s-eye view to street or satellite views and the building does appear.

Typing in an address at the building will result in a pin getting dropped at the appropriate, building-less spot on the map.

While “map view” doesn’t have the building, it does show Penny Lane Park.

The expanding educational center Kumon recently opened in the building earlier this year.

Neapolitan pizza chain Pupatella, Korean BBQ chain Gyu Shige and Urban Hot Pot all have signs indicating they will occupy ground-floor space.

The Mosaic District’s website shows the building on its retail and restaurant map.

First and second maps via Google Maps; third map via Mosaic District

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Two new baddpizza locations are slated to open in the next few months in the Tysons area.

One location will be in McLean at 6263 Old Dominion Drive, while the other one will come to Falls Church at 346 W. Broad Street.

Though the exact opening dates have not been announced yet, owner Joel Salamone said that the Falls Church location is expected to open in late November, followed by the Mclean location in either late December or early 2020.

Baddpizza is known for its “deliciously badd” chicken wings and pizza, according to its website. The chain also offers sandwiches and salads.

Diners can expect the menu to stay consistent between locations, Salamone said. “Our goal is to expand the number of locations in this area rather quickly, so we are focused on keeping things manageable for consistency’s sake.”

Salamone said he plans to host grand opening parties for both of the locations and that finalized dates will be announced within the next month.

Photo via Falls Church City Councilor Phil Duncan/Facebook

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Shoppers can expect to find Sephora and Drybar in Mosaic District in the near future.

Several newcomers are planning to come to the mostly-empty building that also houses West Elm (2921 District Avenue), according to building permits.

Drybar, a national hair salon chain that specializes in blowouts, has a building permit for suite 110. Next door, a Connecticut-based eatery called The Granola Bar has a permit for suite 120.

Madison Reed, which seels hair color products, has a permit for suite 130. Beauty store Sephora plans to occupy suite 140.

Can’t wait for the stores to come to Merrifield? The nearest locations for Drybar and Sephora are at Tysons Corner Center.

The stores will join several other newcomers to Mosaic District. Here are the other stores and eateries Tysons Reporter previously discovered plan to come to Merrifield:

Tysons Reporter also recently spotted signs for Gyu Shige, a Korean BBQ chain that will soon share the same building as Pupatella.

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Shoppers at Tysons Corner Center may have spotted some new additions to the mall, including a cafe serving up matcha drinks and the return of a Christmas pop-up shop.

A Christmas to Remember comes to the mall during the holiday season to sell a wide variety of ornaments, lights, gifts and collectibles. The holiday decoration store opened a few days ago by the Barnes and Noble on the second level and will stay open through January, an employee said.

Over by the entrance to The Plaza, Matcha Cafe Maiko started serving matcha-focused ice cream and drinks over the weekend.

The chain’s online menu features shaved ice, soft serve, lattes, teas, floats, sweet red bean soup and parfaits.

People looking to get in the mood for Halloween can find a costume and decor store on the first level by H&M, according to the mall’s directory. Spirit Halloween sells costumes for kids and adults, decorations and party goods.

Now Closed

While several stores have opened in the mall, a few have closed.

Candy store Sugarfina closed about a week ago in the mall on the first level by Macy’s, an employee at a neighboring store said.

Frozen yogurt eatery Fruity Yogurt closed a few days ago, an employee at nearby Auntie Anne’s said. The space has a generic wraparound covering it.

Coming Soon 

Canadian clothing brand Roots plans to open in the former Aldo space on the second level in October. The store is currently hiring along with Abercrombie Kids, which is planning to open in November on the first level near Nordstrom.

No new information on when Beauty Nail Bar or Moge Tee will open.

Cinnabon is temporarily closed on the first level in the food court area. A wraparound says that it is “reopening soon.”

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