The culinary scene at Cedar Park Purchasing Middle is about to warmth up, with three new eating places planning to open this winter, even after one tenant not too long ago bowed out of the Vienna strip mall.
Crepes & Karak Cafe (280 Cedar Lane SE) shuttered on Aug. 30 after greater than 4 years on the procuring heart. An indication posted to the door signifies that the eatery shall be transferring to a brand new location however doesn’t point out the place that could be.
“We wish to be sure that we’ve sufficient kitchen area to supply our providers,” the signal says. “Thanks in your help and understanding.”
Crepes & Karak didn’t return requests for remark by publication time.
When Cedar Park celebrated the completion of an intensive renovation in November, Crepes & Karak proprietor Ashraf Hamid advised Tysons Reporter that he hoped the procuring heart’s new look would entice extra prospects and foot site visitors after his enterprise noticed a 60% drop in gross sales following its two-week shutdown for the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
In the meantime, Cedar Park’s revitalization may quickly kick right into a close to gear, as property proprietor First Washington Realty has leased greater than 6,000 sq. ft of area mixed to a trio of eating places.
Sushi Koji (262H Cedar Lane) has been a decade within the making for husband-and-wife homeowners Hyung Joon Lee and Grace Park.
Although he’s Korean, Lee has spent years coaching and dealing as a chef at Japanese eating places within the D.C. space, together with Sushi Taro in D.C., the place he discovered from owner-chef Nobu Yamazaki. He has additionally received Nationwide Sushi Society competitions and different awards in each the U.S. and Japan, in accordance with Park.
Nonetheless, that is the couple’s first try at beginning their very own restaurant.
“Hyung Joon has at all times needed to make good high quality meals and is happy that he’s in a position to take action by opening his personal restaurant,” Park advised Tysons Reporter. “He’ll continuously develop and alter the menu utilizing contemporary substances for each season.”
Along with sushi, the menu’s major focus shall be on ramen, which can function contemporary noodles constructed from scratch. Dishes will use shio koji, the fermented seasoning that offers the restaurant its title.
Park, who’s adorning and dealing with skilled designers to arrange the restaurant, says they began in search of attainable areas in August. The City of Vienna stood out for its budding foodie tradition, however truly touchdown the vacant, 1,500 square-foot website in Cedar Park took some luck.
“It truly is type of aggressive,” Park mentioned of discovering retail area within the city. “We have been shocked we have been capable of open the restaurant in Vienna, so we’re very enthusiastic about that.”
Fairfax County issued electrical and plumbing/fuel permits to Sushi Koji on Sept. 9. Lee and Park hope to open the restaurant in early December.
America’s Greatest Wings
Cedar Park can even quickly be residence to Fairfax County’s first America’s Greatest Wings, although the nationwide rooster wing chain has greater than a dozen areas in Maryland in addition to websites in Woodbridge and Manassas.
The Vienna location (262E Cedar Lane) would be the eleventh that Tysons resident Mohammed Karim has opened since he began franchising with America’s Greatest Wings in 2012. He additionally owns the Woodbridge restaurant, one in Richmond, six of the Maryland franchises, and two in D.C.
“I’ve been in Tysons Nook for about 10 years, and I at all times thought possibly I ought to have a retailer on this space, and right here we at the moment are,” Karim mentioned. “I’m actually excited.”
Karim says his franchises use solely contemporary wings, not frozen ones. The rooster can also be halal, and the wings are tossed with selfmade butter and seasonings.
The allowing course of has been a problem, slowed down partially by the pandemic, however Karim hopes to open the brand new restaurant inside the subsequent 4 months. A allow for renovations to the 1,900 square-foot area was issued on Oct. 6.
“We simply completed structure,” Karim mentioned. “We have now our inside designer engaged on it. It will likely be a really trendy, high-end restaurant. Individuals will simply find it irresistible, not solely the meals, the setting, the restaurant.”
Occupying a 3,310 square-foot venue in between Sushi Koji and America’s Greatest Wings shall be Lezzet (262G Cedar Lane), an enlargement of a family-owned Turkish restaurant in Centreville.
Deriving its title from the Turkish phrase for “scrumptious,” the restaurant serves flatbread, seafood, lunch wraps, grilled meat, salad, and numerous spreads, mezze appetizers, and facet dishes. The menu is designed to accommodate every kind of dietary restrictions, providing quite a lot of vegan and vegetarian choices, Lezzet says.
Lezzet’s functions for liquor licenses have been pending with the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Management Authority since Sept. 3, and Fairfax County processed a request for an inside alteration allow on Sept. 27.
Whereas working the prevailing restaurant in the course of the pandemic has been difficult, the homeowners are aiming for late 2021 or early 2022 to open the Vienna location.
“COVID-19 took an toll on all small companies,” Lezzet mentioned by electronic mail. “It has been fairly the journey to open our second location. Nonetheless, efforts are nonetheless being made to have an profitable date of arrival.”