It's taken us nearly a week to process this terrible news: The Macaroni Grill really isn't coming back -- it's just not. We got our hopes up once, but as a great leader once said, we won't get fooled again.
You see, another midscale chain eatery -- some mere pretender to the chainy carbs-and-cheese-intensive throne -- is taking the Macaroni Grill's place in Reston Spectrum. Lerner can replace retail tenants, but nothing can replace that satiated feeling in the pit of our pendulous stomachs. Give us some LDL-raising blockquote, BFFs at Reston Now:
There’s a new restaurant coming to the former location of Macaroni Grill at 1845 Fountain Drive in Reston.
Not Your Average Joe’s, a Massachusetts-based restaurant chain, has signed a lease for the location and has filed permits for renovations.
Not Your Average Joe’s has 20 locations in New England, as well as in Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Leesburg and Woodbridge.
Not Your Average Joe’s is known for stone-hearth pizzas, salads, unique burger combos and other casual fare.What's weird, though, is that this new midscale chain eatery signed what is presumably Not Your Average multiyear lease in the very corner of the Spectrum that we were told would probably be the first to be redeveloped. But what's the point of sourcing all that mass-produced vintage Americana and flair if you're just going to have to tear it down in a couple of years?
Like the Barnes & Noble-slaying Container Store, the Mac Grill-slaying Not Your Average Joe's seems to suggest we might be in for a longer wait than we expected to see the Spectrum fill up with bollardy high-rise goodness. Whether you consider that a good thing depends on your appetite for high-density construction -- or high-cholesterol appetizers, the end.