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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Sports-Themed Eatery Coming to Lake Anne Village Center

The Observer is reporting that a deal is close to being finalized to bring a new restaurant to Lake Anne Village Center:

The space formerly occupied by Tavern on the Lake at Lake Anne Village Center will soon reopen as Kalypso's Sports Tavern.

The deal is in the works to be settled by the end of this week. The restaurant and tavern, being purchased by Vicki Hadjikyriadou, will offer Italian and Greek food. Opening is anticipated this spring.
Hopefully, some good news for the Plaza. We weren't fond of the microwaved tapas served by the spot's former tenant, but we love the space, and it was a shame to have it sit vacant for more than a year.

Update: Also, from the Twitters: Roti Grill is moving from its current location to the lunch counter inside the still-for-sale Lakeside Pharmacy. Much like the sushi place next door, we can attest that Roti's good food. Let's hope the new spot works out for it.


  1. Hurray! We definitely need something to liven up the Plaza and it was so sad to see that huge space so empty like you say.

  2. Darn. I was hoping for a strip club myself. This town just doesn't have enough pole dancing and payday loan establishments.

  3. I loved Tavern. :( Very sad to see it go, even though I appear to be in the minority.

  4. Cool. We'll finally have a venue at which we can view our favorite roller derby and jai alai teams on large screens while eating spaghetti.

  5. I miss Il Cigno. It was actually quite good.

    Though I will be rooting for the new place and spending some dollars there.

    Poor Roti Grill guy though, this will probably kill his business outright.

  6. I find "Sports bars" a odd and unwelcome entry on the scene.

  7. Last time I ate at Tavern on the Lake I got nailed good by the colony of hornets living in one of the planters.

    I hope the new beanery has a "No Stinging Insects" section.

  8. I actually believe the other restaurant owners welcome a new tenant joining their forces.

  9. Sports bar huh? Awesome. Let me know if anyone wants to meet up and black out! I'll be the only 20-something there! Unless BiCO feels like coming out. (get it?) Oh man. Ok, go!

  10. Good news about Roti moving to the lunch counter.

    I agree that the guy makes good food. I wonder if he'll still be giving out free tea.

  11. Actually, Roti moved already! I went to Lake Anne on Monday for the first time since December I think and when I saw Roti's previous location being empty I was bummed, then I went towards the fountain and saw that it was now part of the place on the corner that shares it's space with the pharmacy.

    I did notice lots of vacant storefronts, but I'm thinking that given the coming summer months with people wanting to actually spend time here - boat rides, farmers market, etc., maybe some of these other places will get some adventurous entrepreneurs to open something.

    I also went to the new sushi place for the first time and while I only got an appetizer, I was impressed with the quality and the quantity. They were super nice to my 4-year-old as well. They should definitely branch out to the small vacant space next to them and open a real restaurant, althouh I can totally understand not wanting to take that big of a risk in a location that has proven not ideal to stability in recent years...

  12. I'll be happy just as long as this new place fills that deep, desperate void among Restonoids of being able to grill us up some serious macaroni.

  13. Broke in Charter Oak (BiCO): Soon-to-Be "Amongst the 'Hoods in Colvin Woods"April 8, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    I am planning to make more of a concerted effort in June, pending my cross-town...errr...cross-census designated place...relocation and receipt of a bonus, to patronize Lake Anne. I've heard rave reviews about the sushi place, and they just left a flyer in my door jamb the other day. A Greek sports bar? Sounds fine by me! :-P

  14. We give it six months --- once the sewer goes green, the trip-inducing and splinter-giving "quay" gets befouled with fowl dung, before the "RELAC" disaster goes dry, and the weeds in the planters dry up and die. No one will want to be there rather than enjoying delicious food at Macaroni Grill and other wonderful Reston Town Center restaurants.

  15. The sushi guy is really nice and he has put a great deal of energy and time into getting his business up and running but unless he can bribe the health department there is no way he can move into the spot next door. That unit has electrical issues, black mold and sewage water that seep in from the unit next to it.

  16. Troll 12:41

    "Trip induciing" are you having acid flashbacks from when you were a teenager at Lake Anne circa 1976 or are you just a clumsy idiot who should just go stuff your stupid fat face with all-you-can-gorge breadsticks at Macaroni Grill?

    My guess is the latter.

    p.s. BiCO et al... When the Sports Br opens up we should have a meet up!

  17. I LOVE that sushi place! I was at Roti Grill yesterday and Navid actually had a lunch rush. The guy was smiling ear to ear. :)

  18. Dear 12:41 and 12:59 please do us all a favor and stay at Town Center--we dont' want or need your nasty negetive CRAP! The rest of us will enjoy Lake Anne without you.

  19. Update:
    I tried G sushi tonight and it was quite good.

    $4.75 for an eel and avacado roll. 6 pieces = good deal.

    Rainbow roll was generous and at $9.00 is cheaper than Whole foods.

    Decent affordable sushi.

    Great news that Roti Grill at the pharmacy is doing well.

    I'll have to hit him up again soon.

  20. Lake Anne sucks and you homos that like it should go suck each other. HKCD - you're the biggest boy lover of all - they oughta lock you up!

  21. 12:27: Keep up that positive can-do spirit and before you know it you'll be driving a used Hummer with which you can cruise the McDonald's in style. No mo' Value Menu for your pimpin' ass! Am I right? Biggie it up, yo! Tha borrowed beeitches can't be touchin', but must attest, brrrp!

    Le Piz out. Peace!

  22. Watching another restaurant come to that location is like watching another group of young men getting ready to go over the top in a hopeless battle on the Somme. You know that no matter how promising they look, eventually they'll be cut down by machine gun fire...

  23. Broke in Charter Oak (BiCO): Soon-to-Be "Amongst the 'Hoods in Colvin Woods"April 9, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Anonymous @ 12:27 AM: HCKD is NOT homosexual. This person is married, if I'm not mistaken, and may have even reproduced. Come to think of it I feel like I'm the ONLY homosexual in our census designated place of 65,000, even though I know 5,000 of those people who smirk at me as they bike by me in their spandex on the W&OD or glare at me out of the corner of their eyes at Fitness First or the Northpoint Giant are "closeted" because they're too cowardly to ever be true to themselves or to others.

    However, I DO digress here, as the topic at-hand is not about trying to "out" people, so getting back on-topic I never understood the spite so many had towards Lake Anne. I'm a firm proponent of moving the surface parking lot underground and using that space for new housing to give the businesses there the "shot in the arm" they'd need to fully thrive, but we all know with all of the NIMBYs in Reston that wouldn't happen (or would have to get express support from Reston 2020, ARCH, RCA, RCC, RA, Fairfax County P&Z, Maatlock, Hootie and the Blowfish, Oompah Loompahs, and every other wannabe politician). I find Lake Anne very relaxing and pleasant to stroll around on nicer days, and I even see an elderly man (not Bob Simon) swimming in it all the time, which means the water must be clean, right? I'd actually like to start kayaking to complement my running in getting myself into top physical shape, and I see Lake Anne as being the right place for me to "learn" before taking on the Potomac (or the Niagara!) ;-) Instead of taking bets at when the place may or may not fail why not put your money where your mouth is and go PATRONIZE them to help keep them open? You can have your over-priced chains replete with wannabe gay Ashburn poseurs who drive the Porsches their parents bought for them in RTC. A cool, relaxing, down-to-earth place like Jimmy's in Herndon, Cafesano, Roti, or the sushi place are more my speed! Lake Anne has so much potential to be something wonderful. It just needs a little love after being left to rot for so long.

  24. Broke in Charter Oak (BiCO): Soon-to-Be "Amongst the 'Hoods in Colvin Woods"April 9, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Hickory Cluster Knuckle Duster: I'm down for a meet-up! June would be best for me, as I'd be settled into my new place and would no longer be quite as "broke!" LOL! Maybe I could finally meet "Crushin' on BiCO" too! ;-) Perhaps Bob Simon could join us to tell us stories, and we could have Robin Smyers and Cathy Hudgins as celebrity bartenders? Since I'd be able to walk there I might just even have a few drinks (I'd just need someone around to make sure I wouldn't start taking my clothes off or singing Lady Gaga music! AHHHH!!) Do they let people from South Reston cross the Toll Road, or will they vaporize as soon as they cross into the hinterlands of the "awesome" RTC area?

  25. Naw, we can get over to RTC. It's just that we keep forgetting our spray cans so that we can tag the place and make it feel more like home.

    BTW, I've decided that I'm going over to Lake Anne for lunch and try the arroz con pescado crudo.

    12:27 = butt-munching troll

  26. Heh... butt munching troll...funny.

  27. Another plan...

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  28. BiCO --- meet me at the North Point Giant! Don't wait until June.

    I will give you the good three-second glance and you will then know :)

    To the breeders -- we will not hold you responsible for DoMA even though 50 percent or more of your "marriages" end up in divorce. I guess that's why you creates a law to save your "institution" of marriage.

    Thank God that same-sex couples can marry in DC and be recognized in Maryland. I hope I live long enough to see the same in VA.

  29. What is up with your @#$#@$ fetishes with trolls?

  30. BiCO you BETTER take off your clothes!

  31. Broke in Charter Oak (BiCO): Soon-to-Be "Amongst the 'Hoods in Colvin Woods"April 11, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Anonymous @ 8:13: The last person who gave me a three-second glance at the Northpoint Giant was our very own Rod Koozmin, and I can safely say he was less interested in checking me out and more caught off-guard because I probably wasn't quite what he had expected when I went over to introduce myself to him! LOL! I thought one of the male cashiers flirted with me one day while literally checking me out, but he was barely 18 (if that), and the next time I was in the store I smirked and said "how ya doin?" to him as I passed him in an aisle, and he kept on walking past me like a zombie. Why is it so difficult to meet single gay dudes in their 20s in this "awesome" census designated place/quasi-HOA who aren't poseurs or who aren't only looking for someone so they can take advantage of them somehow? I'm hit on time after time by Reston's plethora of gay 40-somethings, but, no offense, I'm not interested in pursuing a long-term relationship with someone nearly my father's age. There may be a physical attraction from them towards me---"fresh meat"---but unfortunately that's not reciprocal.

  32. Broke in Charter Oak (BiCO): Soon-to-Be "Amongst the 'Hoods in Colvin Woods"April 11, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Anonymous @ 8:18: I'm naked right now. Ahhh..the joys of having your own bachelor pad! ;-)

  33. LOLA (Loitering on Lake Anne)April 11, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Sorry, sportsbar gringos. It looks as though the deal she did not close again (performance anxiety?). I think I see more phonecards and Red Bull(tm) in your future.

  34. Dear Loitering, can't for the life of me understand your glee over such potintially awful news--and I'm sorry to disapoint you but the sale will finalize on Monday. For the record I earnestly hope you will loiter somewhere else clearly you are a total and complete tool.

  35. I know, BiCO. Sometimes sarcasm is hard to convey to everybody.

    And just because I used "hard" and "body" in the same sentence just now does not give you an excuse to virtually disrobe.

    LOLA - I take it you only watch jai alai occasionally, on off weeks. With a sports bar you can watch the thrilling action all the time. Especially during those long stretches when football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis, NASCAR, cricket, cycling, boxing, professional wrestling, badminton, Australian rules football, water polo, bullfighting, hotdog eating and roller derby are not in season. It's spectacular!

  36. LOLA (Lacrosse on Lake Anne)April 12, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Anon 8:57 - No glee, just the facts. You have something against Red Bull(tm) and phonecards?

    Pigeon - Thank you. Yes, you are correct. Perhaps I would do well to broaden my sports interests.

  37. LOLA (Losing on Lake Anne)April 13, 2010 at 10:13 AM


    Pidgeon, if I am not mistaken, in the original Mayan Game (which some say is the basis of modern jai alai), the leader of the loosing team was decapitated on the playing field at the end of the game. Don't you think that this would add interesting dynamic to any of the afore mentioned sports you listed. Try to imagine the last lap of a NASCAR race where the last-place driver knows that he/she will be decapitated in the winners circle. It kind of puts a new meaning to the term 'will to win'.

  38. Dear Loser,
    the old Tavern space did finalize yesterday. Really hope we DON'T see you around.

  39. LOLA (Liquored on Lake Anne)April 13, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Anon 2:06

    Wow, you really are an angry person.

    Anyway, it's good to know that the Plaza is finally back to a full compliment of bars (3 in a space smaller that 2 tennis courts).

    Here's lookin up your old address!!

  40. LOLA - Hell yeah. All sports should end with decapitation. And even better, the cutting devices should be installed within the instruments of play. Press a button on your table tennis paddle - *sching!* - off with the head. In the relay baton - *schwick!* - head gone. In the curling broom - *zling!* - see ya later, top story.

    This whole "agony of defeat" thing we've been suffering for centuries is not enough, I agree, and does not sufficiently inspire our athletes to become the best they can be - to get ahead, as it were. I've got your back on this one.


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