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The owners of a Thai restaurant that has stood Tysons Corner Center for over a quarter of a century have opted to retire.

Busara Thai Restaurant and Lounge served its last meal at 8142 Watson Street at the end of July, permanently closing its doors on Aug. 1, according to a sign posted to the front door.

“To our loyal customers and friends we have proudly served over the last 26 years, we thank you for your patronage and support, especially during the hard time, and we regret not being able to continue to serve you,” Busara management wrote.

The Tysons location was one of three Busara retaurants in the D.C. area.

The concept first emerged on Wisconsin Avenue in D.C. in 1992, when The Washington Post called it “a dazzler” that was “surely…the world’s first cyberpunk Siamese restaurant.” It later expanded to Tysons in 1996 and to Reston Town Center in 2005.

However, Busara closed the original D.C. restaurant in 2008, and the Reston location followed a decade later.

News of the Tysons location’s closure was greeted with sadness by longtime patrons, with one Yelp reviewer saying it had been their family’s “go to restaurant” and another calling it “the end of an era for Tysons dining.”

It’s unclear what the future holds in store for the site, which is primarily occupied by an asphalt parking lot. The 5,397-square-foot, concrete-and-brick restaurant building was originally built in 1972, according to Fairfax County property records.

Records show that the land was sold for $6.5 million on Dec. 4, 2020 to an AM TYONS LLC — possibly the same affiliate of Tysons Corner Center developer Macerich that bought J.R.’s Stockyards Inn this past December.

Located just two doors down from Busara, the 44-year-old steakhouse-turned-banquet-hall was demolished earlier this summer in anticipation of redevelopment as high-rise apartments.

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GameStop’s location in Reston has permanently closed (via Richard Cheng)

It’s game over for GameStop in North Point Village Center. 

The chain retailer that sells consumer electronics, gaming merchandises and video games was located at 1468 North Point Village Center. 

The company did not immediately return a request for comment from FFXnow on what was the last day of business and why the store closed. But in recent years, the business has been shrinking its footprint across the country by shuttering many stores.

The nearest location to the Reston spot is at Dulles 28 Centre in Sterling.

Mochinut, which features Hawaiian-style donuts that are mixed with Japanese mocha and American donuts, is expected to open soon at the village center, according to the business’s website.

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It’s closing time for the barbecue restaurant Jack’s Ranch in the Lumen Apartments (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Perhaps Jack’s Ranch just wasn’t meant to be.

After months of delays and interruptions due to the pandemic, the barbecue and Italian restaurant finally opened at the Lumen Apartments in Tysons with its full menu in place on May 20.

Just over two months later, however, Jack’s Ranch has shut down again — and this time, it could be permanent.

In a message posted to the front door and website, owner Steve Roberts announced that the restaurant had closed on Sunday (July 31) after the prolonged construction process ate up too much of the business’ finances for operations to continue:

To All Our Valued Guests and Friends.

It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Jack’s Ranch at 1755 Tysons Central Street in Tysons VA, on July 31st 2022. The extended construction delays simply exhausted the financial reserves necessary to sustain our operations. Although the landlord was extremely supportive and helpful throughout all of the challenges, we simply did not have enough runway ahead of us to continue operating at our full potential.

We want to thank all of our wonderful guests, employees, and local businesses for supporting us. We brought Central Texas style barbecue to Tysons and had welcomed thousands of happy guests this year. We are extremely humbled that so many embraced our restaurant and supported us on a regular basis. We made many wonderful and dear friends along the way.

Thank you all,

Steve

More than one commenter on the Facebook announcement called the barbecue at Jack’s Ranch the best they’ve ever had.

Part of the team behind Texas Jack’s Barbecue in Arlington, Roberts announced that he was developing a new concept in a 9,200-square-foot space at the Lumen (1755 Tysons Central Street) in March 2020 — just two days before COVID-19 sent Virginia into a state of emergency.

Originally expected that fall, Jack’s Ranch didn’t actually arrive until Nov. 8, 2021. That opening proved short-lived, as the surging omicron variant and delays in getting permits for the smokers convinced the management team to pause operations in December.

While the latest closure announcements have a tone of finality, manager Stefanie describes the status of Jack’s Ranch as “in limbo” due to the lack of financing.

“When Covid happened, it just drained a lot of the funds,” she told FFXnow.

With some financial backing, though, Jack’s Ranch could theoretically ride again.

“Right now, we’re looking for investors,” Stefanie said. “If we can find someone who would like to continue with this, we would love to partner with them and open back up.”

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The PNC bank at Reston Town Center has closed (via Google Maps)

(Updated at 6:30 p.m. on 7/20/2022) PNC Bank customers will have to go elsewhere to conduct business in Reston Town Center.

The location at 11932 Democracy Drive in the town center has permanently closed, according to its website. The vacancy is near the location of Fogo de Chao, a new Brazilian steakhouse that is under construction.

The closure leaves just one other PNC Bank location in Reston, which is located at 1450 North Point Village Center.

It comes after the company previously announced plans to shutter 280 branches over two years.

H/t to Adam Rubinstein for the tip. Image via Google Maps

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Charles’ Barber Shop is closing after at least three decades at the Cedar Park Shopping Center in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Haley Vananh is ready to lay down her scissors.

The owner of Charles’ Barber Shop will permanently shut down the small hair-cutting outlet tucked in the back of Vienna’s Cedar Park Shopping Center at the end of August, she confirmed to FFXnow.

Vananh took over the barbershop about seven years ago, but the store has been at 272 Cedar Lane since at least the 1980s under three previous owners, including the late founder Charles Wright.

A business profile for the store indicates that it was founded in 1984. Vananh says Wright opened it after serving in the Navy.

“I don’t know much about the history here. I just know stories from customers, older customers,” Vananh said. “They tell me…this barber shop been here since this shopping center opened.”

While she has loved running the store, Vananh says it has become unsustainable since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, upending customers’ habits even as rent keeps going up.

With more people working from home, customers have been inclined to go three to four months between haircuts, rather than getting one every few weeks, according to Vananh. She says kids have also been letting their hair grow longer.

At the same time, rent for the 525-square-foot space has been increasing every year. With the current lease concluding on Aug. 31, Vananh says she unsuccessfully asked the landlord for a reduced price, noting that the business’ location inside the shopping center makes it tricky for customers to find.

First Washington Realty, which owns Cedar Park, didn’t return FFXnow’s requests for comment.

Vananh told FFXnow she has enjoyed the freedom of running her own business, and many regular customers have become more like friends, but considering the challenges facing the shop, she believes the time has come to retire.

“[It’s a] little bit sad, but…after I pay for the rent and utilities, there’s not much left. So, why do it?” Vananh said. “I keep telling my customers: try to understand, if I work for somebody else three days a week, I make more money than I do today, and now, I work six to seven days a week.”

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The McDonald’s in Vienna’s Cedar Park Shopping Center has permanently closed (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

The Town of Vienna is now down to just one McDonald’s.

The fast-food chain’s eatery in the Cedar Park Shopping Center (282 Cedar Lane) permanently closed earlier this week, leaving the town with only the drive-thru site at 544 Maple Avenue.

News of the closure spread through the Vienna VA Foodies Facebook group on Wednesday (June 1) after Toby Bantug, who owns the adjacent Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream, posted photos of workers removing signs from the building.

By yesterday morning (Thursday), all of the signs, including Mickey D’s golden arches logo, were gone or had been covered up with paper.

“We would like to express our sincere thank you to all our customers who visited our Cedar Lane McDonald’s!” a sign posted in the front window said.

According to the sign, the restaurant’s employees had been transferred to other locations in Idylwood (7101 Leesburg Pike) and the Fairfax Circle area (3195 Old Lee Highway).

“McDonald’s reviews its restaurant portfolio on a regular basis to make the best decisions for our business moving forward,” McDonald’s USA said in a statement to FFXnow. “Closing a restaurant is a difficult decision but we look forward to continuing to serve our customers at our other McDonald’s restaurants in Vienna.”

The chain hasn’t recently closed any other sites in Fairfax County, according to company spokesperson Steve Kramer.

FFXnow was unable to reach First Washington Realty, which owns the shopping center, for comment on what will be next for the now-vacant, 1,353-square-foot suite.

McDonald’s had held down the eastern end of Cedar Park for over a decade, becoming a regular spot for nearby residents and students who otherwise had few food options within walking distance.

The shopping center is starting to address that gap. Since undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation that finished in November 2020, Cedar Park has added Simply Social Coffee, Sushi Koji, El Sabor Grill, the Mediterranean restaurant Lezzet, and Toby’s Ice Cream.

Work is also still going to remodel a space for the chain America’s Best Wings.

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Morning Notes

Media crews wait outside the Fairfax County Courthouse for jurors to deliver a verdict in the defamation trial involving actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp (staff photo by David Taube)

Baby Born at Reston Fire Station Makes Visit — “Today, Station 25, Reston, B-Shift hosted Baby Ivy, who made her entrance into the world in Station 25 parking lot recently, and her big brother, mom and dad. 25-B were thrilled and presented the family w/station shirt/patch. Baby Ivy brought some goodies for the shift!” [FCFRD/Twitter]

TJ Students Reflect on First Year Under New Admissions System — “As the adults did battle in courtrooms, students such as Sarah Castillo were reconsidering their options. Hundreds of students who had neither thought of applying to TJ, nor felt they had a chance of acceptance under the old admissions system, now took the plunge — and some of them, including Sarah, got in.” [The Washington Post]

Burke House Fire Leads to Over $500K in Damages — Smoldering embers dropped in a pile of sawdust ignited a house fire in the 8900 block of Arley Drive on Thursday (May 26) that displaced two people and resulted in $516,075 in damages. Firefighters at the scene saw “heavy fire” through the two-story house’s roof, and one resident got minor injuries. [FCFRD]

Over a Quarter of Primary Mail Ballots Returned — “We’ve had about 28% of #votebymail ballots returned so far in the Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District. Return your ballot now or #voteearly in person at the Fairfax County Govt. Center” [Fairfax County Office of Elections/Twitter]

West Falls Church Restaurant Closed Permanently — DC Steakholders owners Usman and Lilly Bhatti said in a May 4 message that “inflation, staffing shortages, and rising food costs have taken a toll on our business,” noting that their food trucks and catering business will continue. The restaurant first opened on Arlington Blvd. in April 2019 and served burgers and frozen custard. [Annandale Today]

Reston Food Delivery Business Plans Expansion — “Frolick is a fresh take on food delivery, offering a rotating menu of chef-prepared meals — delivered for now only in Northern Virginia but soon expanding to D.C. and then, perhaps, well beyond…Frolick was born in the summer of 2021 with a big assist from GateGroup, the Swiss-based airline catering giant whose North American headquarters is in Reston.” [DC Inno]

Future Springfield Town Center Hotel Site Sold — “PREIT…announced execution of a purchase and sale agreement for 11 outparcels that will generate gross proceeds in excess of $32 million. The Company also executed an agreement of sale for a vacant parcel at Springfield Town Center set to be developed into a hotel site for $2.5 million as the Company executes on its vision of delivering one-stop destinations for the communities it serves.” [PREIT]

Jefferson Manor Kids Start Pet Directory — “Two sisters in Alexandria, Virginia, created a directory of all the neighborhood pets to raise money for good causes and bring the community together.” There have been 144 different pets submitted to the directory so far. [NBC4]

Free Fishing Day This Weekend — The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is helping people learn how to fish with an event from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday (June 4) at Burke Lake. Equipment and bait are provided, and attendees don’t need to purchase a fishing license. [DWR]

It’s Wednesday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 87 and low of 73. Sunrise at 5:47 am and sunset at 8:30 pm. [Weather.gov]

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The family-owned restaurant Rubino’s Pizzeria marks its last day of business today in Herndon (via Google Maps)

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) The final hour has descended upon a popular pizza spot in Herndon’s Clock Tower plaza.

Rubino’s Pizzeria‘s last day of business in the location at 2415 B-9 Centreville Road is today (Tuesday), ending a 17-year blitz in the plaza. (Correction: The number of years Rubino’s Pizzeria has been in business has been fixed.)

The restaurant’s other locations in Ashbrook Commons and Broadlands remain open, and catering orders will be accepted online via www.getrubinos.com.

“The Rubino family would love to thank everyone for your continued support for over three decades,” the business wrote in a statement.

The business was founded in 2005 by the Rubino brothers — Stephen, John and David — who graduated from George Mason University and are Loudoun County residents. The Herndon location was pizzeria’s first, according its website.

A request for comment from FFXnow was not immediately returned.

The restaurant serves pizzas, cheesecakes, calzones, stromboli, hoagies, salads, pasta and other items.

Image via Google Maps

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After nearly three years of business, a locally-curated restaurant at Lake Anne Plaza has officially closed its doors.

Local VA, a gourmet dive bar that opened in 2019, permanently closed earlier this month, the business confirmed in a statement to FFXnow.

The spokesperson for the business declined to comment further on the closure, citing legal reasons.

The doors of the spot are blocked off with chains, and multiple white signs indicating the closure are plastered over the storefront.

The business tells FFXnow that the closure will be permanent for this location, but there’s no word yet on what’s in store for Local VA’s future in the region.

Owner Dylan Clark prided the business for bringing neighborhood appeal to the plaza in a relaxed and homey environment.

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Clyde’s of Reston, an American bar and restaurant, will permanently close its doors tomorrow, ending 31 years of business in Reston Town Center.

But even as it auctions off iconic memorabilia and customers flood in for the restaurant’s final days, the company tells FFXnow that a lease at an undisclosed location in Reston for a new restaurant concept is “very close” to finalization.

The closure of the business in what is the primary urban heart of Reston — the town center — is emblematic of how some say that the community has evolved with multiple mixed-use, high-density areas in development.

Clyde’s announced that it would shutter its location at 11905 Market Street earlier this year. Kevin Keller, the company’s operations director, says the decision was motivated by the company’s desire to grow as it neared the end of its lease.

“We felt that despite our 31-year-run, we were going to look at other real estate in the area,” Keller said. “Recently a lot has changed in and around the town center and we wanted to take this opportunity to look at other spaces.”

He added that high-density areas in Reston are continuing to expand, providing more options for businesses.

But the relationship between Boston Properties and the management team behind Clyde’s and other restaurant concepts continues to remain strong.

“We have a great relationship with Clyde’s and this was a sort of a mutual decision to move on,” said Jake Stroman, Boston Properties’ co-head of the Washington region and an executive vice president. “We remain strong partners and friends.”

Since it opened 31 years ago, Clyde’s of Reston became part of the fabric of the community.

Throughout the past week, the restaurant has seen a flurry of business, as customers relived birthdays, anniversaries, and other iconic celebrations. Visitors snapped photos and checked out the restaurant’s decor for one last time before the end of an area.

“When you close something after 31 years, you understand the impact it had the community,” Keller said.

Clyde’s has 13 locations across the D.C. area. The one in Columbia, Maryland — Reston’s sister city — also became a beloved fixture of a major urban center until it closed in 2020 after around 45 years of business.

Clyde’s of Reston is currently auctioning off most of its decor, with a bidding period closing on Wednesday (May 25). But a few pieces near and dear to staff and the community will remain with the company for its future concept.

The company declined to state where the expected lease is anticipated and whether or not its plan involves Old Ebbitt Grill — a concept that grew out of the original Clyde’s.

“We’re excited,” Keller said. “At the location we’re looking at, we’re close to signing a lease.”

The rumor mill in the community has been churning, with some anticipating a new lease at Reston Station, which is becoming another mixed-use neighborhood rivaling the town center.

On that, Keller could only say that there are plenty of “good rumors” are circling.

“It’s not about being in one central area anymore. There’s tons of opportunities for us to build a brand-new pretty penny,” he said.

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