Falls Church News Briefs: September 17 – 23, 2009

Mad Fox Brewing Co. Signs 15-Year Lease in F.C.

It became official Tuesday when Waterford Development issued a press release confirming that Mad Fox Brewing Company had signed a 15-year lease for 9,119 square feet of space at The Spectrum, 444 W. Broad St.

Wasting no time, yesterday the Mad Fox logo was placed in windows and workers were busy inside preparing to build out the space.  Opening is slated for early next year. “The concept of Mad Fox Brewing Company is different from what is available in the D.C. Metro area. We will feature twelve varieties of house brewed draught beer with an additional four beers on cask. The restaurant will have a European Pub feel to it with a wooden bar and wood accents. “We are delighted that Mad Fox has chosen The Spectrum as the site of their first venture here in Northern Virginia,” said Jan Zachariasse, President and CEO of Waterford Development. “We believe that Mad Fox’s commitment to creating a unique dining experience fits well with our overall plan to create an environmentally-conscious, destination community right here in Falls Church,” he added.



Open Kitchen Bistro Wins Taste of Falls Church

The Open Kitchen Bistro was the winner of the fourth annual Taste of Falls Church in the best-attended event yet last Saturday in the parking area behind City Hall. Second prize went to Café Nessma. Both restaurants are new to Falls Church. In a late development, as arranged by the Falls Church News-Press, Sweetwater Tavern Chef Tennille Middleton arrived to serve as one of the judges. Middleton is currently featured on the weekly Fox TV reality show, Hell’s Kitchen, as one of the contestants challenged by Chef Gordon Ramsey, joining Falls Church Mayor Robin Gardner, City Treasurer Cathy Kaye, News-Press editor Nicholas Benton and others, and enjoying photo opportunities with State Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple and State Del. Jim Scott. In addition to serving food at its location on Route 7 across from George Mason High School, Open Kitchen offers classes and rents the use of its large kitchen facilities for caterers and others preparing for special events.


McDonnell ‘Drops the F-Bomb,’ CNN Reports

Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell created some shockwaves that were finally acknowledged by the mainstream media this week. Last Friday, appearing on WTOP radio, McDonnell, speaking about transportation, said that instead of raising taxes, “I’ve found 12 f—ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial.” The pro-Democratic blog, NotLarrySabato, first reported the incident, while a McDonnell spokesman dismissed it as a “verbal flub.” McDonnell’s Communications Director Tucker Martin said, “In trying to say ‘funding mechanism,’ he stumbled and accidentally said another word.” McDonnell and his Democratic challenger Creigh Deeds were slated to debate in a Fairfax Chamber of Commerce luncheon this morning in Tysons Corner. Deeds was slated to appear at a fundraiser in the Sleepy Hollow section of Falls Church last night.


Karl Rove Highlights GOP’s Comstock Fundraiser

A Washington, D.C.-based fundraiser this week for Republican Barbara Comstock, challenging incumbent State Del. Margie Vanderhye in the McLean area’s 34th District this fall attracted attendees by promoting an appearance by former Bush administration insider Karl Rove at the event.


Kaine Says Tourism Brings $19.2 Billion Annually to Virginia

Governor Tim Kaine’s office unveiled the annual economic impact figures for tourism in Virginia yesterday, showing that as one of the state’s largest industries, tourism generated $19.2 billion in revenue in 2008, supporting 210,620 jobs and providing $1.28 billion in state and local tax revenue. The numbers marked a 2.8 percent increase over 2007, despite the economic downturn, Kaine noted.