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TGI Friday’s closes in Fair Lakes, paving way for First Watch cafe

The TGI Fridays in Fair Lakes has closed permanently (via Google Maps)

The TGI Fridays in Fair Lakes has served its final whiskey-glazed pork ribs.

The American chain restaurant has permanently closed its location at 12249 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, an employee at the TGI Fridays in Tysons confirmed.

The prospect of the closure had been swirling for months after the Washington Business Journal reported in July that First Watch — a fast-casual cafe that serves breakfast, brunch and lunch — had applied for a permit for that address. TGI Fridays had occupied the standalone restaurant building for about 15 years, according to the WBJ.

The chain still has locations in Fairfax County at Tysons Corner Center, Herndon’s Worldgate Plaza, Springfield Commons and Beacon Center in Groveton.

First Watch is expected to open in Fair Lakes this coming summer.

“For early and late risers alike, the restaurant will offer a chef-inspired menu and rotating seasonal offerings, serve signature juices and cocktails at a dedicated bar, and carry hints of First Watch’s unique ‘Urban Farm’ design, bringing the rustic feel of a farmhouse with the modern elements of an urban loft,” said Carpenter Hunter, a spokesperson for the company.

Items on the menu include avocado toast, lemon ricotta pancakes and million dollar bacon.

Started in Pacific Grove, California, in 1983, First Watch emphasizes its use of fresh ingredients and seasonal dishes that change five times a year based on “the position of the sun,” according to its website.

The company has hundreds of restaurants across the country, including at Fair City Mall in Fairfax, Crossroads Center shopping center in Bailey’s Crossroads and Greenbriar Town Center in Chantilly.

Hunter previously confirmed to FFXnow that a Franconia location in Festival at Manchester Lakes is on track to open this coming spring, and another Falls Church area location — possibly at Idylwood Plaza — is being considered.

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