New on the Block: Restaurant Scouting in Northern Virginia

Posted by / Monday, August 18th, 2014

Photo by Stefanie Gans

A continuation of new and almost opened restaurants in NoVA.

By Ariel Yong

Europa Restaurant is owned by Humberto Fuentes and is expected to open in Herndon by mid-September. Fuentes currently owns El Manantial in Reston but says he will close it once construction has finished for Europa. His new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will focus on French cuisine and have a similar menu to the one at El Manantial’s. / 790 Station St., Herndon  

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Kobe House in Eden Center opened last month. This family business serves pho Kobe and will add Kobe steak to the menu in the future. / 6763 Wilson Boulevard, Store 6a, Falls Church

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Natalie’s is a Vietnamese sandwich shop that is set to open in Fairfax in mid-October. In addition to the banh-mi-inspired sandwiches, it will also serve crepes and beignets. / 10407 Main St., Fairfax

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Alberto Sissi aims to open Shawafel in Arlington in mid-November. Sissi says construction has started, and the Lebanese restaurant has plans to add a few more sandwiches to the menu. / 1919 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

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One Loudoun is expected to welcome the first location of SpinFire by the beginning of September. SpinFire will specialize in individual pizzas that are cooked quickly in high heat. Salads and calzones will also be on the menu. Its second NoVA location is expected to open in Rosslyn later in the fall.  / 20522 East Hampton Plaza, Ashburn 

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