|Snowcream Company is already open.|
The Block, the new food court-like establishment next to Kmart on John Marr Drive in Annandale, features six food vendors, including a few that originated as food trucks. Vendors are arranged along the walls, with tables in the center.
|Finishing touches under way at the Block Bar.|
It will be a completely different restaurant, specializing in comfort food, with such items as crispy pork belly, rice bowls, Taiwanese popcorn chicken with chicken skin crackling, grilled street bread, and roe pasta.
“I'm a self-taught chef that grew from my love for food and want people to enjoy my creativity and passion,”says Nguyen.
Regarding The Block, he says: “As a new establishment with new concepts, there are obstacles and challenges to every beginning, but nothing we couldn’t face. We are excited to welcome our future customers to share the love and passion we’ve put into The Block.”
|Roots has a unique take on Thai food.|
The Snocream Company offers “shaved snow,” a softer version of ice cream (honeydew, mango, green tea, and other flavors) with various toppings (sprinkles, jellies, lychee, Fruity Pebbles, etc.), and drizzles (condensed milk, chocolate, caramel).
|This will be the first Pokeworks outlet in the region.|
Pokéworks, the only franchisee in The Block, has already had a soft opening, and Munch, offering ice cream and donuts, will be opening soon. The Block Bar, a full-service bar with beer, specialty cocktails, and food, is expected to open Jan. 9.
Pokéworks specializes in Hawaiian poké, fresh seafood like sushi, that can be served in a bowl with rice or greens or in a burrito. According to manager Edward Chung, it will be the first Pokéworks in Northern Virginia, although more are on the way.
NOTE: This post was revised Dec. 22 at the request of the sources.