The three food trucks that got airlifted to The Perch skypark in November will be occupied by Grandpa Hank’s Jamaican Kitchen, Los Dos Carlos Street Tacos, and Rhum Roost, Capital One Center revealed today (Friday).
The eateries are each housed in different 1950s-era vehicles, per the news release:
Grandpa Hank’s Jamaican Kitchen offers soulful Jamaican cuisine from a vintage British double decker bus, while Los Dos Carlos serves upscale street tacos from a sleek converted Greyhound bus. Rhum Roost, Northern Virginia’s only tiki bar, is colorful and spirited, offering an upscale menu that invites guests to indulge in an inventive cocktail or frozen drink, all being served through the window of a wrapped boxman bus.
The announcement comes ahead of this weekend’s Perchfest celebration, billed as a music festival that will also serve as a preview of the food trucks and the 18-hole Perch Putt mini golf course.
Tickets for Perchfest are free but limited in availability. The festivities will take place from noon to 11 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday (May 22).
Perch Putt will officially open to all next Thursday (May 26).
“We’re over the moon to bring the Perch Putt experience to Tysons East,” Perch Putt Manager Chris Deatherage said in a statement. “Perch Putt is the perfect addition to The Perch’s existing entertainment options because it provides a fun & lighthearted environment for families, friends or colleagues to connect and spend time together. We hope that we can be your go-to spot to make new and exciting memories.”
The mini golf and food truck complex constitutes the second phase of The Perch, which opened in August with Starr Hill Biergarten, lawn games, an amphitheater, and a dog park.
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is opening a new location in Fairfax County.
The hardware and woodworking shop plans to open up at 12975 Fair Lakes Shopping Center. It will be the business’ first location in Virginia.
A company representative tells FFXnow that the shop is expected to open this summer.
“Unfortunately, we do not have an exact date but the location is expected to open around late June,” the representative wrote in a statement.
Rockler takes the place of Golf Galaxy, a shop for golf clubs, apparel and equipment. The sporting goods shop is permanently closed.
The business originated in 1985 when Norton Rockler started the Minnesota Woodworkers Supply Company in Minneapolis. It now has stores and independent resellers across the country.
The store also offers free demonstrations on Saturdays and in-store classes.
A new business has opened up shop at Comstock’s Reston Station plaza near the Wiehle-Reston Metro Station.
Scissors & Scotch opened in mid-April, bringing grooming services and a fully-stocked bars to customers.
The business is located at 1902 Reston Metro Plaza, Suite 101, and is part of Comstock’s Reston Station development.
The men’s salon and cocktail bar occupies a little over 2,000 square feet on the plaza.
It’s open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
While packages aren’t required for services, customers can purchase a membership for unlimited booze, special discounts and guest passes, according to its website.
“We are very excited to continue our expansion in the Washington D.C. area at Reston Station,” Kai Christian, the company’s operations director, said in a statement. “At Scissors & Scotch our team of seasoned barbers, stylists and bartenders strive to make our customers look and feel great. We believe those who live and work in the Reston area will love the unique combination of grooming services and cocktails our locations are known for.”
This is the Scissors & Scotch’s first location in Fairfax County, joining franchises in Arlington and D.C. Originally started in Omaha, Nebraska, the business is now based in Kansas City, Missouri, with shops in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
A fruit tea spot named after a family matriarch is coming this month to Fairfax.
Yifang Fruit Tea, a family-owned business, plans to open a nearly 2,000-square-foot location at Fairfax Court (11282 James Swart Circle) within the next two weeks, business representative Dave Chen tells FFXnow.
The business prides itself on serving teas made from natural ingredients and inspired by three generations of “family farming,” lead to a unique understanding of how to “get the best floors out of the fruit they harvest,” according to the shop’s website.
Its recipes were crafted by the owner’s grandmother, Yi Fang, who married a young farmer and relied on planting pineapples for a living.
Fang happened to braise golden pineapples into a homemade jam, resulting in what soon become popular drink: Yi Fang fruit tea.
The current owners have put the “early-Taiwan epitome, historic memories and warm hospitality” into its drinks, according to a company statement.
“We are not your typical bubble tea shop,” the owners write.
Options on the menu include a brown sugar pearl black tea latte, grass jelly tea, roselle lemonade, and jelly lemon green tea. The company has one other location in Georgia.
“We picked this location because of the sound demographics and the George Mason University,” Chen said.
The location will also have a Kenta Ramen machine, which automatically cooks ramen.
Photo via Yi Fang Fruit Tea/Facebook
Police Make Progress on Hannah Choi Murder Case — Fairfax County detectives believe they know the location of the man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and dumping her body in a Maryland park, according to Police Chief Kevin Davis. He says the department anticipates apprehending Joel Mosso Merino, who has been on the run since March, “in the very near future.” [WTOP]
Circuit Court Officially Adds First Female Judge of Color — “Tania M.L. Saylor, the first woman of color to serve as a Fairfax County Circuity [sic] Court Judge will be presented her official commission on Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 5J of the Fairfax County Courthouse. The public is invited to attend the investiture ceremony.” [Fairfax County Government]
Key FCPS Official Named Fairfax City Superintendent — “The City of Fairfax School Board didn’t look far when picking its next superintendent. The board on Monday offered Jeff Platenberg the role. Platenberg currently works for Fairfax County Public Schools as the assistant superintendent for facilities and transportation services.” [WTOP]
Locally Owned Coffee Shop Opens in Newington — “Two neighbors who live close to the Landsdowne shopping center are now the owners of a new coffee shop. The locally owned Coffee In opened a few weeks ago and will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday at 6432 Landsdowne Centre Drive.” [Patch]
Herndon Foster Mother Starts Nonprofit — The nonprofit Foster the Family “will show up to a foster home, within the first 24 hours, with dinner, clothes, PJ’s, hygiene products and all the supplies a child needs, saving the parents an emergency trip to the store, and helping the child feel comfortable in what can be a scary transition.” [ABC7]
McLean Church Builds Labyrinth — “Trinity United Methodist Church dedicated a labyrinth as its new Prayer Garden on Easter morning between worship services…The labyrinth is surrounded by plantings and benches with lighting to facilitate an atmosphere worthy of spiritual reflection and meditation. It is the most significant labyrinth in scope and size in the McLean area.” [Sun Gazette]
South County Students Send Letters to Seniors — “In Lorton, Virginia, 92-year-old Bernice Alexander reads from just one of the dozens of letters received at her senior living community. They were written by teenagers at South County High School, and some come with artwork, paintings and cheery posters, too.” [NBC4]
County Adopts Bill of Rights for Kids’ Sports — “The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood & Community Services (NCS), along with the Fairfax County Athletic Council, is pleased to adopt the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports. Developed by the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program, this is a new resource designed to ensure that all children have a right to a quality sports experience.” [NCS]
It’s Wednesday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 75 and low of 61. Sunrise at 6:08 am and sunset at 8:05 pm. [Weather.gov]
Filler-Corn Ousted as House Minority Leader — Tasked with trying to retake a majority in 2023 — or this year, pending the outcome of a court case — the Virginia House Democratic Caucus removed former Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn as their leader in a secret ballot vote yesterday (Wednesday). Filler-Corn, who represents part of Fairfax County as the 41st District delegate, was the first woman and first Jewish person to serve as speaker in the chamber’s 400-year history. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
Tysons Housing Project Lands Big Bucks — On Tuesday (May 3), officials from Fairfax County, the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, and more will announce a $55 million investment in the Dominion Square West project. The county says the funds will allow APAH to construct two planned buildings, instead of just the one that has been approved, accelerating the delivery of over 500 units of affordable housing. [Fairfax County HCD]
Herndon Police on Lookout for Missing Teen — “Town of Herndon Police are asking the public’s help in locating a runaway teenager, according to a post on the department’s office Twitter account. Bryan Escalante Gomez, 17, was last seen by his family at 7:45 p.m., on Sunday.” [Patch]
FCPS Updates Covid Isolation Policy — “In a message to families Wednesday, Fairfax County Public Schools said that starting May 1, students who test positive can return to in-person classes, activities and sporting events after at least five days of isolation. Previously, 10 days of isolation were required.” [WTOP]
Vienna Lowers Tax Rate — “The Vienna Town Council voted [on Monday, April 25] to reduce the Town’s property tax rate by 1.75 cents to 20.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. The new rate is .75 cents lower than the one cent reduction in the proposed FY2023 budget presented by the Town Manager in March.” [Town of Vienna]
Huntington Gets New Latino Supermarket — “There’s a new grocery store in the area. Juana Supermarket officially opened its doors on Saturday (April 23). The new store replaced the La Latina Market at 5838 N. King’s Highway in the Huntington Station Shopping Center.” [ALXnow]
Summer Music Series Schedule Announced — “Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series is back! This year the Summer Entertainment Series features more shows at 18 locations, a new global dance and music series Wednesday evenings in Falls Church, Starlight drive-in movies in Centreville Saturday evenings in August, plus 180 live performances to choose from.” [FCPA]
Peloton Instructor Plans Tysons Book Talk — “Beloved Peloton instructor Tunde Oyeneyin is launching a debut book titled Speak, and on May 3 — the day the book comes out — she’ll be hosting the first stop on her book tour at Tysons Galleria…Seats for the event are already sold out, but the event remains open to the public, and additional guests are welcome to join for standing room.” [Washingtonian]
It’s Thursday — Clear throughout the day. High of 56 and low of 33. Sunrise at 6:16 am and sunset at 8:00 pm. [Weather.gov]
During a recent sojourn to Utah, Ben and Heather Cichelli concocted a drink that changed their lives.
Now, the couple is bringing that drink — a blend of Diet Coke, coconut syrup, and fresh lime dubbed The Coco — and many others to the Town of Vienna, where they will open a new soda shop, Coco’s Sodas + Sweets.
“We are excited to bring a new beverage concept to NoVa as we open our first location in Vienna on Maple Avenue,” Ben Cichelli, the store’s owner, told FFXnow by email.
Scheduled to open on Monday, May 23, Coco’s will be in Suite 110 of the shopping center at 513 Maple Avenue West, just across the street from Wawa and within walking distance of James Madison High School.
Coco’s will represent a step into the unknown for the Cichellis.
A native of Montgomery County, Ben works in marketing, helping clients like Herndon-based Audi of America obtain sponsorships for Major League Soccer, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team, and other sports organizations. Heather is a designer who specializes in custom residential and commerical buildings.
Though the couple has lived in Northern Virginia since 2012, they spent most of 2021 living in Utah, where Heather has roots in Salt Lake City.
While there, the family got into the habit of frequenting the soda shops that Ben says could be found on nearly every block in the state. The shops offer a base soda, such as Coke or Dr. Pepper, that customers then mix with flavored syrup and fresh fruit.
“It became something our whole family looked forward to and enjoyed together!” Ben said. “The unique drinks, especially fun kids drinks, were so different from anything we had seen in the D.C. area. As we prepared to move back to [Virginia], we believed a similar concept would do well in NoVa.”
An alternative to coffee shops for a substantial Mormon community that abstains from hot caffinated drinks, “dirty soda” shops have started to expand beyond Utah over the past decade, thanks to chains like Swig and Sodalicious.
However, the trend has yet to reach Northern Virginia. Upon moving back to Virginia last summer, the Cichellis relocated to Vienna and decided its small-town atmosphere would make it an ideal spot to introduce the concept.
“We instantly fell in love with the eclectic mix of retail along Maple Avenue and saw an opportunity to bring Coco’s to life,” Ben said.
In addition to a full line of sodas, Coco’s will serve flavored water and energy drinks, with sugar-free options available. Kid-oriented items will include “the Jaws,” a Sprite filled with Blue Curaco syrup, whipped cream, and gummy sharks.
There will also be desserts, such as a chilled sugar cookie with frosting, and the store will offer shaved ice from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
(Updated at 8:50 a.m. on 4/20/2022) A provider of medical marijuana will open two dispensary locations in the Fairfax County area this summer.
Beyond/Hello plans to open new dispensaries in Fairfax (10521 Fairfax Blvd.) and Huntington (5902 Richmond Highway) that will provide medical-grade cannabis to local patients.
Beyond Hello is owned by Jushi, a Florida-based cannabusiness that provides legal cannabis for both medical and recreational use.
According to Sarah Proctor, Beyond/Hello’s public outreach and education specialist, the new locations will offer patient consultations, express pickup, over 20 point of sale registers, and free on-site parking for their customers.
The supply for the dispensaries will come from Beyond/Hello’s grow house, a two-story, 45,000-square-foot building based in Manassas. Opened in December 2020, the Manassas location was the company’s first dispensary in Virginia and will act as a hub for all of its satellite stores.
“Products that are dispensed will come from our vertically integrated facility in Manassas, which is a full seed-to-sale facility where we cultivate, manufacture and process products for registered patients,” Proctor said.
The new dispensaries will not be able to offer recreational cannabis. While adults 21 and older can now legally possess up to an ounce of pot in Virginia, recreational sales remain illegal, though that hasn’t stopped some products from hitting the market.
Regulations for the substance are being hammered out by the Virginia General Assembly and the newly created Cannabis Control Authority, which could operate similarly to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority if sales are allowed to begin as scheduled in 2024.
An effort to move up the timeline for legalizing retail sales died in the House of Delegates in February.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin recently signed a bill that eliminated the requirement that patients register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to be eligible for medical cannabis after receiving a written certification from a licensed practitioner. The new law will go into effect on July 1.
Photo via Add Weed/Unsplash
A new self-storage facility could take the place of an existing warehouse in the Town of Herndon.
Security Public Storage is hoping to get the town’s blessing to demolish a warehouse at 331 Victory Drive to build a self-storage facility.
The existing warehouse was built in 1965 and is currently divided into tenants’ spaces and rough metal edging.
So far, town staff say they’re in favor of the preliminary proposal. In an April 1 report, town staff said the new facility seems to “soften” the current building’s “stark industrial facades further.”
“Efforts seem to have been made to break up and soften the basic industrial design of the building,” the report says.
The application requires more planning approvals because it is part of a zoning map amendment.
The town’s Architectural Review Board will discuss the project at a meeting on Thursday (April 21) at 7:30 p.m. in the Herndon Town Council’s chambers. The board will then provide findings to the town’s Planning Commission for additional discussion.
A new Korean restaurant is preparing to open at Brookfield Plaza in Springfield.
Under the trade name MCDD Springfield, the restaurant Makchang Dodook recently obtained a license for wine and beer in a mixed-beverage restaurant from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.
The eatery will be located at 7024 Spring Garden Drive between the Korean fried chicken restaurant Bonchon and Dera Restaurant, which serves Pakistani cuisine.
The business has faced a lengthy timeline for opening. An application to establish the restaurant was submitted on April 15, 2021, and it’s been picking up permits throughout 2021 and 2022.
A Bonchon restaurant worker said the new place, which belongs to the same owner, is scheduled to open next week. She said it would mark the first U.S. location of the chain Makchang Dodook.
According to the company’s website, Makchang Dodook started in the South Korean city of Daegu and has 110 franchises around the world, including in China and Vietnam.