One of Chantilly’s core shopping centers is getting a jolt of life with the arrival of a few new businesses, including a recently added bakery.
Notably, Shilla Bakery & Cafe opened a third location in the Sully Place Shopping Center late last month. The traditional Korean bakery first opened in 1999 and has since expanded to three locations, including a spot in Tysons. The bakery opened at 13938 Metrotech Drive on April 25.
EggHolic, a fast-casual restaurant that sells Indian street food, also plans to open sometime this year in the Lotte-anchored shopping center (13951 Metrotech Drive), which occupies 500,000 square feet at the Route 50 and Centreville Road intersection.
As its name suggests, most of its menu items involve eggs in one form or the other.
The business is rapidly expanding to other locations across the country, including Ontario, New Jersey and Maryland. It already has locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas.
The vegan restaurant serves items like cheese katori — two boiled eggs filled with spices and cheese — and specials like lack — shredded green bell pepper cooked with cheese and eggs. The complete menu is available online.
Cousins Bhagyesh and Lay Patel launched the business three years ago in Chicago. The business did not immediately return requests for comment on exactly when it is expected to open.
McLean has a new hot spot for Middle Eastern tea, cookies and honey.
Sayyareh Parsa and her brother opened Parsa Bakery less than a month ago, but the Persian shop is already starting to attract buzz, primarily through word-of-mouth on the social media app Nextdoor.
“We haven’t done a lot of advertisement yet, but a lot of people know us through Nextdoor,” Parsa said when FFXnow visited on Saturday (March 26). “We have a lot of clients who posted and commented on Nextdoor. It’s picking up little by little.”
Parsa Bakery is located in the Salona Village Shopping Center, taking over the space at 1349 Chain Bridge Road previously filled by Bebe Gol Market, which was also Middle Eastern-focused.
Parsa worked in banking before deciding to pursue her dream of baking and starting her own shop. With their parents’ assistance, she and her brother took over the former Bebe Gol site about a month and a half ago.
Fairfax County issued a non-residential use permit for the business on Feb. 8.
Opened in early March, the store offers a variety of baked goods and shelved products, including spices, rosewater, and Turkish delight.
The fresh pastries are currently made by a hired baker and distributor, but the Parsas hope to eventually do their own baking in the store’s basement. They also plan to operate a small cafe in the main store, where customers will be able to enjoy food and coffee.
All of the ingredients used in the pastries and the future menu of food will be sold in the store.
“So if there’s a dish that they really like, we’ll sell the ingredients,” Parsa said. “If they’d like to try it at home, that would be good too.”