Luxury Indian restaurant, ramen bar, and “gourmet dive bar” coming soon to Reston Town Center

Luxury Indian restaurant, ramen bar, and “gourmet dive bar” coming soon to Reston Town Center

Mike Dranove Taste of Tysons

Luxury Indian restaurant Bombay Velvet will become the first of several restaurants to open in Reston Town Center this year, after it opens its doors on April 15th.  Bombay Velvet will be owner Rajiv Chopra’s first foray into fine dining, but not his first foray into the food business, as the chef and New Delhi native owns the fast casual …

It’s official: Google will occupy Reston Station’s trapezoidal building this summer

Mike Dranove Real Estate, Tysons Update

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc announced yesterday that Google has signed the lease at its uniquely shaped 1900 Reston Metro Plaza. Google will occupy 164,000 square feet of the 16-story building, and plans to base 500 employees at the location. Employees will begin moving into the building this summer. Comstock is no doubt elated to be closing the deal with Google, …

70,000 sq.ft Children’s Science Center coming to Dulles

Mike Dranove Education, Real Estate, Tysons Update

The Virginia General Assembly approved a first round of funding last month for construction of a regional science center in Dulles. Working in partnership with the Fairfax-based Children’s Science Center at Fair Oaks Mall, legislators approved $2.3 million for the initial phases of construction. According to a press release, the project will cost around $70 million in total, with Loudon …

Development central issue in Vienna, Reston elections

Mike Dranove Politics

The scope and character of development in Fairfax County is expected to be a central issue of upcoming elections in Reston and Vienna.  In Reston’s Hunter Mill, four candidates have put themselves forward for the Supervisor’s Seat after the incumbent, Cathy Hudgins, announced that she would not be seeking reelection.  The election is coming on the heels of a heated …

Battle over Reston zoning change ends, but the war rages on

Mike Dranove Politics

Opponents of a proposed zoning change that would have opened the door for further development in Reston, celebrated victory earlier this month after local officials deferred decision on the zoning change indefinitely.  The fight revolved around Reston’s unique density guidelines, which limit its number of residents per acre, rather than the more commonly used limits on dwellings per acre.  The …

Reston 5th grader becomes elementary school winner in statewide Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Reston 5th grader becomes elementary school winner in statewide Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Mike Dranove Art & Culture, Education

Reston Now reports that on March 21st, Elizaveta (Liza) Godlevskaia became Virginia’s elementary school winner of its Thank a Teacher Art Contest, sponsored by the Virginia lottery.  Secretary of Education Atif Qarni joined representatives from the Virginia Lottery, FCPS Fine Arts Office, Aldrin school administrators, students, and Godlevskaia’s parents in surprising the 5th grader at a school assembly last Thursday …