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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Macaroni Grill's going to have some competition

A whole slew of new restaurants are coming to Reston Town Center. Most are in the South of Market development currently under construction.

Boston Properties' South of Market has signed three leases for restaurants and is finalizing a fourth. Confirmed leases include Mon Ami Gabi, Passion Food LLC and Great American Restaurants.

Mon Ami Gabi is a French steakhouse concept that has other locations in Bethesda, Chicago and Las Vegas.
Awesome! What happens in RTC stays in RTC.
Passion Food LLC, a company that owns D.C. restaurants Ceiba, D.C. Coast, Acadiana and TenPenh, will open its fifth restaurant. The eatery is yet to be named but will be a seafood restaurant, according to Boston Properties Senior Project Manager Pete Otteni.

Great American Restaurants, the chain that owns Sweetwater Taverns, The Carlyle, Artie's, Mike's and Coastal Flats, will call its new restaurant "Jackson's." It will feature a menu similar to those of the company's other restaurants.

John Asadoorian, who handles the South of Market retail leasing, said a fourth lease is about to be finalized for a restaurant called The Counter, a chain that serves customized hamburgers.
"Customized" hamburgers? They'd better be careful they don't violate DRB regulations.

But not all the news is good. Apparently, we were so distraught by the prospect of the Chili's being razed that we somehow missed the fact that Ruby Tuesday's left town.
Two recent closings, Ruby Tuesday's and WrapWorks, have left open spaces with leases that are in the works but not yet finalized.

Jen Rueling of Cassidy Pinkard said the contracts were delayed after Equity Office properties, including the town center, were bought by The Blackstone Group.

Because the leases are not yet signed, Rueling declined to comment on which restaurants may be filling the two spaces.

Rumors have included speculation of a Marvelous Market in the old Wrapworks space and a White Chocolate Grille in the Ruby Tuesday's space.
We can't wait. Just don't bring your camera.

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