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Open Road Distilling Co. opening in Reston Town Center today

(Updated at 11:15 a.m.) Open Road Distilling Co. is officially opening its doors in Reston Town Center today (Monday).

The distillery takes over space vacated in 2020 by Balducci’s grocery store (1871 Fountain Drive). The business — which will also serve up live music and tours of its tasting room — is set to open at 3 p.m., according to its website.

Heirloom — a speakeasy-style restaurant — is also housed under the same business, although it’s technically a separate establishment. Open for dinner and happy hour starting at 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the menu features pasta, steak, seafood and salads.

Open Road Distilling Co. sells a variety of handcrafted cocktails and entrees like fajitas, sandwiches and greens.

The business has two grill restaurants in Merrifield and Rosslyn, but the Reston location is its first distillery.

Matthew Carlin, president of Metropolitan Hospitality Group, which owns the brand, says the company initially considered industrial or more rural sites for its planned distillery, but having a location in Reston Town Center “was a dream that we were not sure was ever going to be possible.”

“When we were made aware of the space at Reston Town Center, we could not pass up the opportunity to serve the extraordinary demographics of the community,” Carlin said in a statement. “We also pay homage to the history of Reston, which used to be home to Virginia’s oldest distillery, A. Smith Bowman. We are honored to usher in a new generation of Virginia native spirits, and there is no better place to do it than at Reston Town Center.”