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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The Boro in Tysons plans to keep some outdoor space set aside for pedestrians.

Currently, a portion of the Tysons development has been set aside for pedestrians, live entertainment and outdoor seating for its restaurants. The Boro announced the changes when it unveiled its drive-in movies.

Now, The Boro plans to maintain the section for pedestrians after the drive-in movies stop, according to recent social media posts.

People can head to The Boro on Fridays for live entertainment, the tweet said.

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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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People can get antibodies tests for COVID-19 at an upcoming blood drive in Tysons.

The Boro is hosting the American Cross blood drive, and donors will be able to get the antibody tests, which can indicate if donors have previously been infected by the virus.

More from the press release:

This will be an essential part of the life-saving network connecting donors to those in need of blood, platelets and plasma. There is an urgent need for blood donations right now to meet the needs of patients in hospitals as surgical procedures and treatments that were temporarily paused due to the pandemic resume again.

The American Red Cross is also currently testing all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies for a limited time and donors will receive the free results of their antibody test within 7-10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or by logging in to the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

The blood drive is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, at Boro Station (1775 Greensboro Station Place). Donors, who must make appointments online, can expect social distancing in the conference center.

“Appointments allow the American Red Cross to exercise hygienic practices and provide donor services,” the press release said.

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As Virginia rolls back COVID-19 restrictions, stores and services are returning in Tysons.

The Boro has been sharing on its social media accounts when retailers and restaurants in the development have reopened.

According to The Boro’s Facebook page, businesses that have opened their doors again include:

Tysons Reporter verified that the stores listed above have reopened.

Whole Foods has outdoor seating on the ground level and reopened its coffee bar, according to The Boro. The grocery store’s website says that it’s offering shopping hours from 7-8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for customers ages 60+, at high-risk of severe COVID-19 complications or with disabilities.

F45, which has been hosting outdoor boot camps in Boro Park, is planning to reopen on Saturday, June 20, according to a Facebook post from the gym.

“The waiting area and 10ft ‘workout boxes’ have been marked out, and all our trainers have been trained in all safety and sanitization protocols,” the post said.

In addition to the reopenings, the development also recently welcomed a new business: Colour Bar Studio. The salon opened June 2 at The Loft (1640 Boro Place, Suite 204).

The salon is run by a mom and her two daughters, along with nine other employees, according to the business.

Services include hair extensions, coloring and styling. All of the employees are wearing face masks and disinfecting equipment after each client, according to the business. The studio is open by appointment-only.

Photo by Gordon Beall, courtesy Colour Bar Studio

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The full list of movies for The Boro’s new drive-in series has been released.

On Monday, The Boro announced the drive-in movies on Facebook. The four-week-long series kicks off tomorrow (Friday) with “Dreamgirls.”

Here is the full line-up:

  • Friday, June 19: “Dreamgirls”
  • Saturday, June 20: “Grease”
  • Thursday, June 25: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
  • Friday, June 26: “Back to the Future Part 1”
  • Saturday, June 27: “Back to the Future Part 2”
  • Thursday, July 2: “Batman”
  • Friday, July 3: “Mission Impossible 3”
  • Thursday, July 9: “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”
  • Friday, July 10: “Star Trek”
  • Saturday, July 11: “Jurassic Park”

The gates will open at 7 p.m. and the movies will start at 8:30 p.m. People can reserve a vehicle or non-vehicle spot for $20.

Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash

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People in the Tysons area now have an option to leave their homes to watch movies this summer.

The Boro announced yesterday on Facebook that drive-in movies will be available for four weeks, starting this Friday.

“A section of Boro Place will be pedestrian-only with extended restaurant outdoor seating, as well as live entertainment from 7-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays,” the Facebook post said.

This weekend, the drive-in series will screen “Dreamgirls” on Friday (June 19), followed by “Grease” on Saturday. Upcoming movies haven’t been announced yet for the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 25
  • Friday, June 26
  • Saturday, June 27
  • Thursday, July 2
  • Friday, July 3
  • Thursday, July 9
  • Friday, July 10
  • Saturday, July 11

People are encouraged to reserve tickets because space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets cost $20 for a vehicle or non-vehicle space for up to four people. People can bring blankets and chairs.

The gates will open at 7 p.m. ahead of the 8:30 p.m. showing time, according to The Boro. Restrooms will be available at the site.

“We ask you to stay in your vehicle for the duration of the event, unless needing to access the restrooms or Boro Place,” according to the Facebook event page.

ShowPlace ICON in Tysons is sponsoring the films, while DC Fray & District Fray Magazine are handling production, according to the post.

Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash

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The Meridian Group is hoping to turn the former headquarters of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) into an extension of The Boro.

The plans would redo the old NADA site and an adjacent property — both currently vacant — into a mixed-use development with residential uses, a continuing care facility and ground-floor retail space, Elizabeth Baker, a senior land use planner for Walsh Colucci, told Tysons Reporter.

“The vision is to extend The Boro development across Westpark Drive and to continue the transformation of Tysons from a suburban office park to an urban center,” she said.

This new project proposes four buildings — two residential ones, one for the continuing care facility and the last one, which would either be a health club or townhomes, Baker said.

“The proposal is 1.1 million square feet overall,” Baker said, adding that it is less dense than other nearby developments because it’s further away from the Greensboro Metro station.

The project also includes a centralized park that would be open to the public — “I think that is one of the high focal points of the development,” she said.

The Meridian Group acquired the NADA headquarters building and an adjacent site, paying $33.7 million to the NADA for 8400 Westpark Drive in late 2018, the Washington Business Journal reported. The NADA relocated to 8484 Westpark Drive in October 2018, according to WBJ.

Fairfax County accepted the rezoning plans for the project earlier this week. Hearing dates for the county’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors have not been announced yet.

“I think this particular application really helps to expand the connected grid of streets, create walkable blocks, provide new residential opportunities as well as a continuing care facility to help meet the needs of the senior population,” she said. “It’s all designed around energizing the streets and parks.”

Image via Google Maps

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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve scoured the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Though many in-person events are canceled, organizations and businesses are setting up digital events to keep people occupied.

For people interested in on-demand activities, the Fairfax County Park Authority is offering digital classes, scavenger hunts and activities for people of all ages. The Virtual Exploration Center lets people stream workout classes, and each week staffers will introduce a featured activity.

Tuesday (May 5)

Thursday (May 7)

Friday (May 8)

  • Food Truck Friday Pickup Dinner — From 5-8 p.m. at Avalon Tysons Corner (1569 Onyx Drive), Curbside Kitchen is going to offer ready-made meals with no-contact pickup. Foodies who want a change of pace have the opportunity to try a new locally made dish.
  • Adult Game Night on Zoom  The Emmanuel Lutheran Church is hosting a digital game night for the community from 7-8 p.m. People can RSVP and receive a link to play trivia and Jeopardy, the event page said.

Saturday (May 9)

  • Theatrical Teens! Virtual Improv Workshop — From 2-3:30 p.m., kids ages 11-15 can take part in a virtual workshop. Registration is $18, and the event signup can be found online.
  • Virtual UUAM Social Gathering and Farm Tour The Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry in Vienna is offering people a chance to connect with animals digitally from 6:30-8 p.m. thanks to an organization out of Colorado. People might have the chance to e-meet cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, ducks, horses, a chukar partridge and a llama, the page said. This event is free but participants must register to receive a Zoom invite.
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This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Val Sotillo, Northern Virginia-based Realtor and Falls Church resident. Please submit your questions to her via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!

Question: Do you have an update on The Boro? How is it as a neighborhood and what housing options are available?

Answer: The Boro is the largest mixed use project in the heart of Tysons with many dining and entertaining options. I spent some time there this past weekend enjoying the spring like weather and checking the new businesses that have already opened. It’s really coming along at a fast pace and there’s a lot coming soon (this year for sure).

With the construction of the Boro, Tysons will be transformed into a walkable, sustainable, urban center that will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs. Tysons is envisioned to become a 24-hour urban center where people live, work and play; where people are engaged with their surroundings; and, where people want to be.

Here are the top reasons that make The Boro an awesome neighborhood:

1. Location

D.C. is a 30 minute drive away; Fairfax, Arlington and Dulles Airport are roughly 20 minutes each. There are 3 Metro stations nearby (Tysons Corner, Greensboro, and Spring Hill) with the Orange and the new and expanding Silver line. Tysons is located off of 495, just a few minutes away from I-66, Route 7 and Dulles Toll Road. 

2. Things To Do

With the construction of The Boro, Tysons will become a more walkable neighborhood. Their signature park, Boro Park, will be over an acre of green space and will host different events, such as outdoor concerts, movies on the green, markets and festivals. Surrounded by retail, office, restaurants and a movie theater, the park is activated day and night.

Some of the businesses that are now open at the Boro are Flower Child (healthy food offering amazing bowls!), Fish Taco, North Italia (great pizza and wine selection), Icon Theatre, F45 Functional Training, Ethan Allen furniture, My Eye Dr and my favorite, Whole Foods.

The Whole Foods has a trendy food court that includes Rappahanock Oyster Bar, Sushi, Donuts, Officina (Italian Food) and the High Point Club. It also has self-serve wine and draft beer so you can sip and shop. Also, they have an outdoor sports bar with great views. Here’s a link to all their eateries.

A few businesses opening soon are: Bluestone Lane Coffee, Caliburger, El Bebe Tacos, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Poki DC, Boro Cleaners and Colour Bar.

There are many dog park options, and if you’re outdoorsy you are just minutes away from Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Great Falls Park for hiking and amazing views and a 45 minute drive to the mountains.

They also host outdoor events open to the general public.

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