Multiple restaurants that have been a part of Reston Town Center for years are now gone, with the suburban enclave adapting to the evolving area and ongoing challenges. And a fledgling D.C. bar goes dark just shy of its first anniversary. Here’s a roundup of recent closings around the DMV.
RESTON—The Red Velvet Cupcakery in Reston Town Center closed May 27. General manager Kristen Brabrook, who is slated to serve as GM and executive pastry chef at forthcoming all-day Chevy Chase restaurant, Little Beast, thanked Reston residents for close to eight years of support. “We hope to return soon through pop ups and farmers markets, or even a brick and mortar store someday,” she wrote in a farewell note. The original Red Velvet in Penn Quarter remains open.
RESTON—Local chain Busara closed its Reston outpost on May 19 after a dozen years in the area. A restaurant in Tysons Corner remains open.
SILVER SPRING—East MoCo reports that grab-and-go stir fry chain Noodles and Co. has closed. A neighboring location in College Park, Maryland remains open.
U STREET—Washington City Paper reports that not-quite-1-year-old bar Five to One has closed at its current location. Founder Trevor Frye, who created drink lists based on music and performers featured at the neighboring 9:30 Club, says he hopes to relocate the bar elsewhere. Frye provided the following comment to Eater:
“Five to One will not be reopening at the 903 U St location. While a very difficult decision for me, sometimes in this industry when you peel back certain layers, you need to make decisions based on business acumen and not the passion we put in to it day in and day out. We are so thankful for all of the people who supported us over the course of the year and the neighborhood for embracing us the way it did. My team created something truly special within those walls and we hope to recapture that when the bar lands at its new home.”