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Saturday, January 9, 2016

New restaurants coming to Mosaic District

By Mark Kawar of the West of Falls Church blog

The Washington Business Journal reports that the Mosaic District will get two new restaurants soon:

Chef Michael Schlow will open a third of his Alta Strada Italian restaurants (the first in the D.C. area). Schlow also owns Tico and The Riggsby in Washington. The restaurant will seat over 100 people and be in the same building as the Angelika movie theater. The restaurant will feature “Italian dishes, individual pizzas, as well as house-made pastas and a full antipasti menu,” according to the Business Journal.

Ramen noodle restaurant Jinya Ramen Bar, part of a California-based chain, is planning a restaurant in the same building in Mosaic, which will also seat over 100. Jinya also has a location in Washington. Its other locations’ menus feature ramen soups with dozens of topping options, plus dumplings and other appetizers.

In other recent Mosaic restaurant news, Choolaah, a fast casual Indian barbecue restaurant that cooks food in clay tandoor ovens and describes itself as “exotically familiar” and “adventurously American,” plans to open in Mosaic in late summer

Dumpling Go, which started out as a food truck in Arlington, also plans a Mosaic location. It serves chicken, shrimp, pork, and vegetarian dumplings.

Requin, the French-Mediterranean seafood spot from celebrity chefs Jennifer Carroll and Mike Isabella, opened in December in the former Gypsy Soul location.
The West of Falls Church blog also reports that Quicksilver, a store in Graham Park Plaza on Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church, is closing Jan. 23. Quicksilver specializes in surf-themed clothing. It’s part of a national chain based in California that filed for bankruptcy protection. Meanwhile, there are huge markdowns as high as 90 percent.


  1. they don't want to open in Mason?

    1. They probably don't want to be associated with the Mason Dump. The demographics here wont support high end restaurants. Our ratio here in Mason is comparable to many third world countries: a handful of rich NIMBYs, and lower middle income residents barely scraping by. Pinecrest Shopping center now boasts 5 vacant storefronts, the Bloom location has been vacant for years and the best Barcroft Plaza could tempt is the DMV, and these are just the ones i know about.........oh and lots of TitleMax. And the TitleMax clientele are not going to be spending their car titles on fancy pasta.

    2. I don't agree. 600+ Stanley Martin townhomes, hundreds of townhomes at Blair and Columbia Pike, Ellery Place, Lake Barcroft, Ravenwood, Ravenwood Park, Sleepy Hollow, Holmes Run, Parklawn, and the neighborhoods along the golf course are all the type of demographics that would support a SEQ village. Plus if it was high end mixed use those tenants would appreciate something walkable.

      What is the process for attracting business to Mason District? Seems FFX County repeatedly attracts the same developers. We need new vision. How does this work?