We Can’t Keep Up, But We’ll Keep Trying!

Dining Explosion! They just keep coming… In The Mosaic District, recently opened Gypsy Soul, True Foods Kitchen, and Ted’s Bulletin give us new options for breakfast, lunch and dinner-see what Renee says in her reviews on the restaurant pages.  Velocity 5 in Merrifield has closed.

The Tysons area…Chick-fil-A, and Chipotle now opened near the Best Buy on Route 7, with roti Mediterranean Grill expected to open shortly.  Vino Volo, which opened less than a year ago in Galleria has closed its doors.  Shake Shack has some great hot dogs if you’re a wiener lover and we are awaiting Eddie V’s and The Hyatt to open soon.

Brendan Barry is the new proprietor of Paddy Barry’s Irish Pub (formerly Finnegan’s Pride at 8150 Lessburg Pike), and we anxiously await the new Levant  Restaurant and Lounge.  We have spoken to Levant’s Mack Mukalis who tells us the restaurant fare will include a traditional culinary style, but also a combination of older and modern Turkish dishes.  He won’t reveal the name of the chef, but assures us it will be a surprise.  His new restaurant will be in the same location as the former Lebnan Zeman. Expect an early December opening.

In Fairfax Square Miele and Liljenquist & Beckstead have opened, giving us more options for luxury home furnishings, watches and jewelry.

In the heart of Vienna, Patrick and Julie Bazin will be using Bazin’s Next Door for  private parties, receptions and business gatherings moving forward.  Demand for private affairs and receptions has been too great to accommodate at Bazin’s on Church and bookings are already coming in for the holidays.

So who’s going into the Wu’s old building?  Potbelly’s, Zoe’s Kitchen, and retail.  Mediterranean dishes are all the rage these days and gaining more popularity as the health benefits of the cuisine become better known.

Sergio at Restaurant Bonaroti  has opened Sergio’s Spuntini Wine Bar giving us a new meeting place in the heart of Vienna.  Still awaiting Johnathan’s Quinn’s new Bistro going into the old Wolf Trap Deli.   And recently opened Social Burger is all about community and good food. Denise Lee and family are Vienna based and have plans for some fabulous dishes…stay tuned.

There’s authentic Saudi cuisine in our future.  Aldeerah is coming to the Cedar Shopping Center this fall.  The name Aldeerah, which translates as “the homeland,” was carefully chosen to reflect one of their main goals: to be a home away from home for all those craving dishes from Saudi Arabia. The dishes offered are mainly from the central part of Saudi Arabia, known as Najd. Because this central region is isolated by surrounding desert areas, the cuisine is unique in itself and unaffected by neighboring countries. Evolving purely from generations of Bedouin culture, these dishes not only burst with flavor but have valuable nutrition.  We can’t wait!

Washington Jewelry Services located in the Rene Michel building opened up on September 2, 2014.  Owner Adrian Gotjen informed us they were a diamond wholesaler and was the area’s only while-u-wait jewelry store.  No appointment needed.  Their services include appraisals, repairs and insurance.  His passion is to provide service
to the customer.

In Falls Church, Anthony’s Restaurant has re-opened at 3000 Annandale Road (intersection of Route 50 and Annandale Road).  A Falls Church landmark for decades, we love the fact that he’s back!

La Boutique D’Isabella is opened in McLean at 6635 Old Dominion Drive–near Balducci’s, offering some elegant and exclusive lines previously unavailable in our area. Say “hi” to Isabelle and Molly. And here comes Santini’s where Chicken Out used to be at 1443 Chain Bridge Road in McLean featuring the same great menu selections as in Oakton, Reston, Sterling, and Chantilly. See the menu at www.mysantinis.com and meet us there for lunch!

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