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Persian restaurant is opening in Chef Geoff’s former Tysons space

Joon, a new restaurant coming to Fairfax Square in Tysons, will serve Persian cuisine (courtesy Joon)

A new restaurant has moved into the Fairfax Square space once filled by Chef Geoff’s.

Described as a “high end” Persian restaurant from noted chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Christopher Morgan, Joon will open at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8045 Leesburg Pike in Tysons.

The restaurant will present a more expansive taste of Iranian cuisine than what’s typically found in the U.S. by “blending flavors and ingredients from across the world, while maintaining its distinct Persian roots,” according to a press release.

“We set out to showcase Iran’s rich history of food and wine, with a variety of flavors unknown to the rest of the world,” Joon co-founder Reza Farahani said. “Most non-Iranians know Persian restaurants for their kabobs, and our vision was to complement our amazing kabobs with dishes that will delight anyone who is ready for a truly unique and unforgettable culinary experience.”

In addition to kabobs, the menu features other seafood, lamb and vegetable dishes, such as duck fesenjoon (duck legs with pomegranate, walnuts and crispy onions) and qaliyeh mahi (barramundi with tamarind, garlic and cilantro).

Leading the culinary team are Batmanglij, a chef and cookbook author who has been credited with helping introduce Iranian cuisine to the U.S., and Morgan, co-founder of the Michelin Star-earning D.C. restaurant Maydan.

The owners of Maydan, which serves Middle Eastern food, recently launched Kirby Club at the Mosaic District in Merrifield. The Washington Post named Kirby Club among the D.C. area’s best new restaurants in its 2023 spring dining guide.

“Together [Batmanglij and Morgan] will combine their passion in a project that will put Iran’s rich culture and cuisine in the spotlight,” the press release said.

Replacing Chef Geoff’s, the contemporary American restaurant whose Tysons location closed in 2019, Joon will operate from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The restaurant will accept reservations for parties with up to eight guests online or by phone (571-378-1390).

Joon shares the ground floor of Fairfax Square’s third office tower with Tiffany & Co. Other dining options in the office complex include Patsy’s American, Randy’s Prime Seafood & Steaks, and Best Buns Bakery and Cafe.