Tysons Corner, VA

Korean eatery Chi Mc might be coming to a shopping center in Vienna.

A retail license permit from last Wednesday (June 5) indicates that the eatery is looking to serve wine and beer at a spot in the Danor Plaza (126 Branch Road SE).

Jon Weiss, the vice president of leasing for Rosenthal Properties, said that he could not confirm a new tenant for the space, which the Rosenthal site lists as vacant, because a lease has not been signed yet.

Chi Mc, which means “chicken and beer” in Korean, currently has locations in Annandale, Alexandria and Chantilly, according to its website.

Image via Google Maps

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An upcoming meeting will provide the latest information on the Founders Row development currently underway in Falls Church.

Mill Creek Residential’s mixed-use development plans to have more than 300 luxury apartments and more than 90,000 square feet of retail, including a 4,693-square-foot Studio Movie Grill and a 9,476-square-foot City Works Eatery and Pour House.

According to Mill Creek Residential:

Modera Founders Row will consist of 322 studio, one- and two-bedroom homes contained within five stories with an average square footage of 940 and den/office layouts available. A separate age-restricted community will feature an additional 72 luxury homes reserved for adults 55 years and older. Shared community amenities will include a resident clubhouse with connected business center, library, game room, kitchen and bar, two 24-hour club-quality fitness studios, pet spa, hotel-inspired pool, outdoor social area featuring grills and fire pits, self-serve package lockers, coffee bar and controlled-access garage parking.

Additionally, some of the apartments include quartz countertops, wine refrigerators and private balconies and patios.

Located at the corner of W. Broad and N. West streets, Founders Row broke ground in February, Patch reported. The 4-acre site was once home to a Sunoco gas station, 7-Eleven and several small businesses.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. next Wednesday (June 12) at the MCR construction trailer on the construction site, located near the old 7-Eleven.

Rendering and maps via JBG Smith

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A new burger joint is coming to a Falls Church spot near Route 50.

BurgerIM says it’s “coming soon” to 6410 Arlington Blvd, Suite 196A on its list of locations.

Located near Seven Corners, the spot is located on the ground floor retail below the Loren apartment building. (Fun fact: the building is named after Falls Church resident and writer Loren Pope.)

Headquartered in California, the national chain spans 15 states and has plans to operate about 500 spots by the end of the year, according to its website.

The Falls Church spot is the first one in the Tysons area for the chain, which is opening other Northern Virginia locations in Herndon and South Riding.

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An eatery plans to start serving “wild and yummy” tacos in Falls Church in June.

A sign outside 7167 Lee Highway — the former home of Milan Bakery and Miss Donuts — says that Wild Tacoz is coming later this summer.

Owned by Teddy Koumarianos, Wild Tacoz will be the first location for Kool Foods, a company that uses organic ingredients from the Amish community.

“The plan is now to open the doors for business in the first half of June 2019,” according to a Wild Tacoz Facebook post from May 5.

A previous sign last June said that it was coming in fall 2018. “There was a delay on the construction due to the age of the building, but through modern technology, construction is moving along at a much faster pace,” the eatery posted this March.

Recently, the space had new drywall, according to another Facebook post.

Photo via Facebook

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Best Buns Bakery and Cafe recently opened in Tysons during Memorial Day weekend.

Similar to Best Buns Bread Company in Arlington, the spacious bakery and cafe serves up burgers, cold and hot sandwiches, artisan breads, pastries and salads. Drinks on the menu include milkshakes, coffee and sodas.

Best Buns opened on Saturday (May 25) at 8051 Leesburg Pike.

The bakery is the first of three Great American Restaurants to open in the former Chili’s spot. An employee said Patsy’s American is set to open early Friday (May 31) evening. Meanwhile, Randy’s Prime Seafood and Steaks will debut in June, Eater reported.

Best Buns in Tysons is open from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekends. The spot features indoor and outdoor seating.

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Updated 5 p.m. — After a long series of delays, D.C.-based Mediterranean restaurant Agora plans to open its Tysons branch in June.

The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Nouvelle at 7911 Westpark Drive — part of the Arbor Row development northeast of Tysons Galleria. The 4,000-square-foot eatery will have a custom brick oven, according to a press release.

The split-level interior — which owner Ismail Uslu had previously told Tysons Reporter was part of a design challenge that led to the delays — will include Turkish decor.

The menu will feature short ribs, grilled octopus and other Mediterranean favorites.

Agora is set to be open every day from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

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Poki DC will soon add another veg-friendly eatery option in Tysons Corner Center.

Inspired by Hawaiian cuisine, Poki DC offers build-your-own bowls and mochi at three locations in both D.C. and Maryland.

The website for the D.C.-based eatery says that it is “coming soon in 2019” to Tysons Corner Center. A recent building permit indicates that work is getting done on the new location.

The mall has another poke place — Pokéworks — on the first level next to the now-vacant Sweet Leaf spot.

In addition to Poki DC, the mall plans to welcome a new Falafel Inc. — a D.C. based restaurant that donates a percentage of its profits to support refugees — into Mixing Bowl’s former spot.

Photo via Facebook

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A casual Italian restaurant is set to open later this month in downtown Falls Church.

Named after the couple that runs the restaurant, Thompson Italian will fill the former space (124 N. Washington Street) of Argia — another Italian restaurant.

Gabe Thompson, who was the executive chef for RPM Italian in D.C., plans to incorporate seasonal, local ingredients into the menu, while pastry chef and Arlington native Katherine Thompson will oversee the desserts, Arlington Magazine reported.

From the restaurant’s Facebook page:

Thompson Italian is a family affair–one that started when Katherine and Gabe met in 2007 while working in New York City’s top Italian restaurants. More than ten years and two children later, the Thompson’s are bringing their inventive and inviting cuisine to downtown Falls Church. Inspired by traditional Italian and flavors from a Texas background, Gabe’s menu is a modern interpretation of an osteria that features local produce and handmade pastas made from scratch daily. Katherine’s dessert menu features cannoli, cake, gelato, and sorbet, all changing with the seasons. Thompson Italian will open for dinner service in late May, followed by lunch and brunch service this summer.

While the restaurant says that it will post its menu soon on social media, diners can look forward to Katherine’s olive oil cake with crème fraîche mousse, raisin jam and Maldon salt, which the Facebook posts says “will definitely be making an appearance.”

The restaurant currently has a pending liquor license application to serve wine and beer.

Thompson Italian’s Facebook says that it plans to open in late May.

Photo via Facebook

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Bear Branch Tavern is eyeing a space that once belonged to a bank along Maple Avenue in the heart of downtown Vienna.

The restaurant wants to move into a roughly 6,700-square-foot ground floor space in an office building known as the Vienna Professional Center (133 Maple Avenue E.). The building was built in 1983 and has eight units, including the basement, according to a Town of Vienna staff report.

Bear Branch Tavern plans to occupy units 100 and 100A, which have been vacant since Cardinal Bank left about two years ago.

The restaurant would have 249 seats for indoor and outdoor areas in both the front and rear areas of the building, transforming the former bank teller drive-thru canopy into a rear patio, according to the staff report.

“Staff believes that a restaurant of this size with outdoor seating will help encourage a more vibrant Central Business District,” the staff report says.

In addition to offering food and drinks, the tavern also hopes to entertain patrons with live music. The plans show a location for acoustic performers on the back deck near the proposed fire pit.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to provide a recommendation on conditional use permits for outdoor dining and live entertainment at tonight’s meeting.

The meeting will also continue the public hearing on the Sunrise Senior Living Facility proposal — residents’ concerns about parking, safety and retail space dominated the last public hearing on April 24.

The meeting starts at 8 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers (127 Center Street S.).

First image via Google Maps, second via Vienna Planning Commission

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The local Korean eatery Mixing Bowl and the local branch of the organic salad chain Sweet Leaf Cafe are both closed in Tysons Corner Center.

Since 2012, Mixing Bowl served Korean-style tacos, wraps and bibimbap in the first-floor food court. The restaurant offered a variety of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes for less than $10.

A wrap around the front of the store shows that the restaurant is soon to be replaced by a new Falafel Inc. — a D.C. based restaurant that donates a percentage of its profits to support refugees.

But just around the corner, there are no signs for what’s coming next for Sweet Leaf Cafe. The windows still tell visitors to sign up for the app, and the woodwork above the doorframe still faintly shows where the restaurant sign had been hanging.

In the meantime, there’s also Sweet Leaf Cafes at 262 Maple Avenue E. in Vienna and 1359 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. For anyone else looking for vegan or vegetarian options, here is a by-no-means-comprehensive list.

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