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Cinnaholic plans to open in Herndon this year (courtesy Jessica Papa)

Cinnamon roll lovers can soon get their fix, as a new gourmet shop opens in Herndon.

Cinnaholic plans to open at the Village Centre at Dulles (2451 Centreville Road) this summer or autumn, according to owner Jessica Papa.

Papa says the 600-square-foot location will serve cinnamon rolls, cookie cakes, and other dairy-free and egg-free options.

“I’m hoping Cinnaholic visitors find joy and excitement while mixing and matching amongst the dozens of different icings and toppings,” Papa said.

Cinnaholic has over 70 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The Herndon location is expected to be Virginia’s first. Another location is planned Stafford.

“I’m bringing compassionate dessert options to my hometown,” Papa said, adding that most items on the menu are free of common allergens.

County permits show that alterations to the tenant space are underway.

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Crumbl Cookies staff mix cookie dough in the Reston location’s open kitchen (courtesy of Crumbl Cookies)

Another Crumbl Cookies location is coming soon to Fairfax County.

The chain, which serves up a rotating selection of fresh cookies, is set to open at 5810 Kingstowne Center sometime in the spring or summer, a company spokesperson tells FFXnow.

“The store you are referring to is still under construction with an opening date not yet solidified.” said Cassidy Salibury, a spokesperson for the company.

The timeline is contingent on construction and permitting.

In the last two years, the company has opened several locations in Virginia. There are already locations in Reston, Vienna, Chantilly and Ashburn.

It was founded by two cousins in 2017. Customers can place delivery, carry-out or in-store orders. Each week, the company selects six flavors. This week’s selections are milk chocolate chip, lemon cupcake, classic peanut butter, French silk pie, caramel cake, and classic pink sugar.

Locations at Fair Lakes Shopping Center and Alexandria’s Bradlee Shopping Center are also in the works.

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Tatte Bakery and Cafe has multiple locations, including one in Clarendon (staff photo by Pia Kramer/ARLnow)

Tatte Bakery and Cafe is opening a new location in Reston.

According to a report by Washington Business Journal, the chain has signed a lease for roughly 3,750 square feet of space at 11910 Market Street in Reston Town Center. The location will include outdoor seating.

The company, which was started by Boston pastry chef Tzurit Or, has a location in Clarendon that opened last year. Another location is anticipated in Old Town Alexandria.

Or told the WBJ that Tatte chose Reston Town Center as a new location so that it could be in “the true core of Reston.”

According to the WBJ, the lease is part of an effort by Reston Town Center owner Boston Properties to liven up the pavilion area, which has been under renovation. The pavilion reopened in November, but construction on the fountain is still ongoing.

“We felt like we needed a food use that would really speak to the community, that would be something that would be a gathering place, so we reached out and said, ‘please, would you come to Reston Town Center, we think we have the perfect space for you,'” Boston Properties Vice President of Retail Leasing Stephanie Friedman told the WBJ. “We added quite a bit of outdoor seating around the pavilion, a lot more soft landscaping and that’s where Tatte shines. Their outdoor seating is very inviting.”

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Panera has closed its Tysons Corner Center location (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Panera Bread has left Tysons Corner Center.

The fast-casual bakery’s first-floor location by McDonald’s is permanently closed after at least 14 years at the mall, according to Yelp.

A worker at the nearby Panera in Pike 7 Plaza confirmed to FFXnow that the closure came shortly before Christmas.

“I heard it’s because they didn’t have enough workers,” the employee said.

Panera’s corporate office didn’t respond to requests for comment by press time.

A notice posted to the storefront encouraged customers to visit the chain’s Pike 7 Plaza or Falls Church City locations. The company also has a bakery at 136 Maple Avenue in Vienna.

Other recent developments at the mall include the arrival of a stall for Donutchew, a growing mochi doughnut business that also has a location in Vienna. A temporary exhibition of art rescued from Afghanistan or created by evacuated artists is also now on display outside Macy’s.

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Paul French Bakery & Cafe at Tysons Galleria (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

In the future, Vienna residents will no longer have to brave Chain Bridge Road traffic to get a taste of Paul Bakery’s bread and macarons.

The 133-year-old French bakery and cafe is planning to expand right into the heart of the town in Jades Shopping Center, replacing Al Nakheel Lebanese Cafe & Market, which closed last year.

The business confirmed that it’s working to add the location to FFXnow, but the timeline for construction and a potential opening is “unknown at this point.”

An application for an interior renovation permit to turn the existing retail space at 340 Maple Avenue West into a bakery was accepted by Fairfax County on Oct. 13 and remains under review by staff.

This will be Paul’s first expansion in the D.C. area since its popular Tysons Galleria cafe opened on Jan. 14, 2013. The business also has three sites in downtown D.C. and one in Bethesda.

According to its website, Paul originated in 1889 as a small bakery run by a family of agricultural workers in Croix, France. It acquired its name in the 1950s after the owner took over a bakery-pâtisserie from the Paul family.

Known for fresh, traditionally made bread, the company now has over 620 restaurants in 34 countries. The D.C. area locations are owned and managed by Cole Hospitality, a hospitality service consultant based in Fairfax.

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The MidnighTreats team at their Reston store (courtesy MidnighTreats)

MidnighTreats and its softball-sized cookies are back in the Town of Vienna.

The business will potentially roll out its large, plant-based cookies this weekend with its new bakery at 167 Glyndon Street SE, fulfilling a dream that owner and Vienna resident Johnny Nguyen had since he started baking in his mom’s house.

“It’s been my goal ever since then to really open up a real storefront here,” Nguyen said. “…I didn’t have money or anything back then to do it. So, it’s been kind of a long process, but it’s always been the goal to get back here in Vienna.”

The soft opening is tentatively planned for Saturday (Dec. 17), with a grand opening to follow once a permanent sign is in place. Vienna’s Board of Architectural Review is set to discuss a signage application for the bakery tonight.

MidnighTreats began in 2018 as a home-based delivery service, where Nguyen and a partner alternated between baking and driving the desserts out to their customers. The business started accepting pick-up orders once it moved into a commercial kitchen in Chantilly.

The first full storefront didn’t come until this past May, when it opened in Reston’s Plaza America. The company originally had a lease for Springfield’s Backlick Center, but the deal collapsed when the shopping center changed hands this spring.

“They wanted to combine two spaces, so that never went through, and that’s why I was scrambling to find a place and we ended up in Reston,” Nguyen told FFXnow by phone.

After exploring the possibility of adding a ghost kitchen in D.C., MidnighTreats landed its dreamed-of space in Vienna. The 1,000-square-foot suite was filled for over a decade by Silva’s Patisserie, a family-owned bakery that abruptly closed in 2019.

Like in Reston, the Vienna store will compete against Crumbl Cookies, which arrived at 203 Maple Avenue in 2020. While that makes Crumbl more established as a brick-and-mortar store, Nguyen notes that he built up a “small but loyal following” through deliveries.

“[The new store] puts them back in our delivery radius, so that’ll be cool to hopefully meet some of the same people we were delivering to before,” he said.

Nguyen says the type of cookies sold are also distinct. Where Crumbl goes flat and wide, MidnighTreats makes them thick and chunky, and notably, it doesn’t use any ingredients derived from animals.

According to its website, MidnighTreats aims to show that vegan desserts can be fun too. Rotating on a regular basis, the current menu includes seasonal flavors like hot cocoa and peppermint white choco, along with classic chocolate chip, cinnamon roll and funfetti cookies, and a brownie cookie called The Chocoholic.

“They’re pretty unique, and we do a lot less sugar than most places, and I think it makes the flavor pop more,” Nguyen said. “…Some [customers] have even said I wouldn’t have tried it beforehand, but I think it’s going to be a unique and different cookie experience than most.”

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TOUS les JOURS, a French-Asian bakery café chain, opened its second location in Virginia late last week.

The business launched at 14452 Chantilly Crossing Lane on Oct. 27. It’s managed by franchisee Sung Shin, a Fairfax resident who also owns a location in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Shin said he was drawn to Chantilly because of its proximity to his home in Fairfax and the overall community.

“TOUS les JOURS’ superior quality is what initially drew me to the brand, while the bakery’s diverse range of options made the franchise opportunity particularly attractive,” said Shin.

The cafe serves cake, pastries, and other desserts. Among the more unique menu items is a Cloud Cake, which is made with a fluffy sponge and whipping loud cream flavors. Other items include milk bread, macarons, croissants and loaves.

Started in 2004, the business has more than 80 stores in the U.S. and hundreds of locations around the world.

It opened its first Virginia location in Annandale on Aug. 16.

The Chantilly location is open 7 a.m. through 10:30 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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The bakery Madeleine Proust has permanently closed in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Another local French bakery has closed its doors for good, leaving the Tysons area with dwindling options for macrons, cookies and other Parisian desserts.

Madeleine Proust shuttered on Oct. 1, only about a year after it first opened in Vienna’s Wolftrappe Shops at 448 Maple Ave East. The business didn’t provide an explanation for the closure but confirmed it would no longer be operating in any capacity after that date.

“We would like to thank all of our customers that we have done business with over the years. We could not have been as successful as it was without your loyalty. Thank you!” the bakery said in a message on its website.

FFXnow was unable to reach the owners for comment.

Madeleine Proust opened in October 2021 as the creation of couple Jesse and Scarlet Woo, according to Patch. As suggested by the name, its specialties included shell-shaped madeleines, Chiffon cakes and Sablé cookies.

The bakery also offered brilles, a madeleine covered in flavored chocolate developed by Scarlet Woo, a pastry chef, according to Northern Virginia Magazine, which dubbed the shop “a must-try for serious food lovers” in a review last December.

Madeleine Proust appears to have closed around the same time as Praline Bakery, the similarly French-inspired bakery from former White House pastry chefs that opted not to renew its lease at the Mosaic District in Merrifield.

Just a couple of doors down from Madeleine Proust, the fine dining restaurant Clarity has temporarily closed.

The restaurant announced on Oct. 3 that it would be closed until Nov. 2 as “our Chef Bryant is reimaginating the unique fine dining experience of Clarity.”

A Clarity employee told FFXnow that, in addition to hiring a new chef, the restaurant is training new servers and managers. The interior is also getting cleaned and refurbished with new lights, among other changes.

While the menu will be tweaked slightly, the restaurant has retained most of its kitchen staff, and the hours of operation will be unchanged once it reopens.

Dinner will return on Nov. 2 from 5-10:30 p.m., seven days a week, while lunch will restart on Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.

“The menu is going to be a little different, but in a good way,” the employee said. “…It’s going to be a good experience to enjoy with us for sure.”

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Duck Donuts is opening in Springfield (photo courtesy of Duck Donuts)

Duck Donuts’ Springfield location will open this weekend with offerings of free donuts.

The fast-growing, North Carolina-based doughnut chain has set Saturday (Oct. 22) as the opening date for its Old Keene Mill Shopping Center shop at 8424 Old Keene Mill Road. It is in a 970-square-foot space that was previously the home of Exquisite Jewelers and next to Mezeh Mediterranean Grill.

There will be “limited” outdoor seating with decor that matches the “iconic beach theme” at the chain’s other locations, according to a press release.

This will be the doughnut franchise’s 16th Virginia location and third in the county, joining Herndon and Fairfax.

There will be free donuts at the opening. With every order placed between 7 and 9 a.m. Saturday, an extra free cinnamon sugar donut will be thrown in.

The Springfield location is owned and operated by Tesfaye Dres, who also heads the Alexandria shop that opened in 2017.

“My family and I are very excited to bring the Duck Donuts concept to Springfield, expanding our presence in the DMV area,” Dres said in the press release. “We look forward to offering our unique made-to-order experience and superior products and becoming an active part of the Springfield community.”

In June, a Duck Donuts spokesperson told FFXnow that the space in Old Keene Mill Shopping Center “met the requirements Duck Donuts looks for such as densely populated area, visibility from surrounding roads, easily accessible and strong co-tenants.”

The shopping center was recently renovated. It has a Whole Foods, the family-owned bicycle shop Bike Lane, and Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza, which opened in August.

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Praline Bakery has closed in the Mosaic District (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Praline Bakery is no longer serving up cake, macarons and other pastries in the Mosaic District.

The bakery closed for good this fall after its lease ran out, according to a farewell message posted to the door at 2987 District Avenue, Suite 160.

“We have so appreciated your business these last five years,” the Praline Mosaic team wrote in the message. “Your support has meant the world to us. We have loved getting to know you, petting your pooches, and watching your kids grow up. We hope that we provided a little bit of sweetness to your lives.”

Specializing in French baked goods, Praline came to the Merrifield neighborhood in 2016 as the first expansion of Praline Bakery & Bistro, a Bethesda, Maryland-based business started in 2006 by former White House pastry chefs Susan Limb and Patrick Musel.

Praline’s original Bethesda store in The Shops at Sumner Place shopping center and a location at The Wharf in D.C. remain open.

While the Mosaic location is permanently closed, the closure letter suggested the team may have another venture in the works.

“While the shop won’t be open anymore, there are still cookies to be baked! If you would like to reach out and learn about what we are doing next, email info@bookgirlbakes.com or ally@bookgirlbakes.com,” the letter said.

FFXnow attempted to contact Praline by email and phone but hasn’t heard back, as of press time. However, a Shopify store called Book Girl Bakes appears to be coming soon.

In other Mosaic District developments, BASH Boxing is now open at 2905 District Ave, Suite 195. The Arlington-based company officially opened the doors of its newest gym on Sept. 23 and will have an opening party event on Oct. 27, according to its Instagram.

BASH didn’t return FFXnow’s requests for comment.

H/t to Adam Rubinstein

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