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SoCal Chain Urban Plates Taps Tysons for Its First East Coast Location

The cafeteria-style eatery plans to open this spring

Customers traveling down the ordering line at Urban Plates.
Photo: Urban Plates

Budget-friendly brand Urban Plates Is expanding beyond its home base of California for the first time this spring, planting its debut East Coast outpost inside restaurant-packed Tysons Galleria.

The burgeoning chain, which operates a dozen assembly line-style eateries throughout the Golden State, is setting up shop directly above homegrown mezze source Lebanese Taverna, and right across the way from established family-style gathering place, Maggiano’s. The Galleria recently welcomed an ambitious new tenant on the top floor: wide-ranging dining hall Isabella Eatery — a hospitality juggernaut featuring pizza, ice cream, sushi, cocktails, and more, all orchestrated by Top Chef alum Mike Isabella.

Upon opening later this spring — a UP aide says May is the current goal — customers should expect to dine on assorted salads (Caesar; mixed beet; grilled chicken), sandwiches (portobello mushroom with pesto goat cheese; grass fed steak with chimichurri aioli), and build-your-own entrees composed of core offerings (habanero-mango ribs: baked salmon with honey-mustard sauce; turkey meatloaf with barbecue sauce). Carry-out family meals designed to serve four people (starting at $48) include one main, two large sides, and grilled bread.

Isabella Eatery

2001 International Drive, McLean, VA 22102 (571) 489-8505 Visit Website