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Wiseguy Pizza coming to former Big Buns location in Herndon

Wiseguy is set to open in Herndon this fall (courtesy Thompson Hospitality)

Wiseguy Pizza is slated to replace Herndon’s Big Buns Damn Good Burgers.

Big Buns closed its location at 1142 Elden Street on Sept. 4 — less than a year after opening in late 2022.

Both restaurants are brands of Thompson Hospitality.

Thompson Hospitality Chief Operating Officer Alex Berentzen says the company chose to pivot to Wiseguy Pizza because of the location’s proximity to another Big Buns five miles away at Reston Station. There is also a Big Buns close to Chantilly in the Franklin Farm Village Center.

“This strategic move aligns with our commitment to expanding our dynamic portfolio throughout the DMV region,” Berentzen wrote in a statement. “Additionally, this particular location is ideally suited for Wiseguy Pizza, as their performance excels in venues with limited seating and grab-and-go capabilities.”

Wiseguy is expected to open in the fall. The restaurant serves cheese, pepperoni and specialty pizzas, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

This will be Wiseguy Pizza’s first location in the Fairfax County area. Started in 2012 by a Turkish immigrant who sought to bring a New York City-style pizzeria to D.C., the business can currently be found in the District and Arlington. It will arrive in Maryland this month with a stall in the Wheaton Mall food court.