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Monday, June 8, 2009

Flashback Monday: Land Before Pizza


A reader sent us an undated copy of The Reston Industrial Landsales Newsletter, which is apparently what people kicked off their earth-toned loafers to read once they came back to their lovely Reston homes after a long day of industrial landsales. And what did we see but this signature landmark? But don't take our word for it -- read just how cutting-edge the Reston of the 1970s really was:
According to Pizza Hut management, the second highest grossing Pizza Hut in Northern Virginia is located in Reston. This statistic is even more impressive considering the fact that the fast food outlet just opened in April and their sign didn't go up until the end of the summer.
First of all, what took so long with the sign? We're guessing the folks at Pizza Hut ran afoul of DRB regulations, which is a shame, because no one could possibly recognize the completely generic shape of the building. Second, did you know they once called the area today's Restonians call McTacoHut the "fast food park?" It conjures up images of non-obese trees and twittering birds with healthy blood sugar levels, instead of the endless line of cars waiting to turn right off of Wiehle Avenue during lunchtime.


  1. The Convict in Gulag 4June 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    The only shame is that they didn't put in The Gulag. Here, we truly appreciated fast, cheap, artery-hardening haute cuisine.

  2. The thing I like best about McTacoHut is the horse hitching post along the W&OD. Somebody actually thought Restonianites would ride their horses to the fast food park!

  3. Supposedly the new owner of the Pizza Hut recently fired a 20-year employee with Down's Syndrome -- for no reason and with no notice. Nice!


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