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FOOD NEWS: Happy Tart Looks to September Opening, More New Restaurants On the Way

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Gluten-Free Bakery Happy Tart Likely Opening Next Month

The Happy Tart, the gluten-free bakery and cafe from Alexandria, will likely open in early-to-mid September in Falls Church’s Pearson Square development, the City’s Economic Development Office reports.

happytartOwner and executive chef Emma Cech says she spent years researching, baking and tasting to come up with the recipes for the French-style pastries she serves at the bakery.

The Happy Tart offers an entirely gluten-free menu consisting of cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pastries, tarts, pies, quiches, bread and more.

The Happy Tart | 410 South Maple Avenue | Falls Church | happytartbakery.com

 

Gypsy Soul Closes in Mosaic, Kapnos Kouzina to Replace It

Gypsy Soul, the restaurant from James Beard award-winning chef RJ Cooper, has closed in Mosaic District after a dispute with its landlord. Edens, the company behind the Merrifield development, filed to evict the restaurant over more than $250,000 in unpaid rent back in June.

kapnoskouzinaReplacing the shuttered Gypsy Soul will be chef Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Kouzina, a homestyle Greek restaurant, serving small plates and larger, family-style platters. Signature dishes at Kapnos Kouzina include Greek-spiced crispy chicken with attiki honey, braised lamb top round with lentils, eggplant, tomato and harissa and a whole roasted branzino in spicy clam broth.

But before Kapnos Kouzina opens in Merrifield in early 2016, Isabella, along with fellow Top Chef contestant Jennifer Carroll, is bringing a French Mediterranean seafood pop-up to the Mosaic space this fall which will run through the end of the year. The pop-up is for Isabella’s new concept, Requin, set to open at The Wharf in D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront redevelopment in 2017.

Requin Pop-Up & Kapnos Kouzina | 8296 Glass Alley | Fairfax | kapnoskouzina.com

Construction Beginning Soon On 2 New F.C. Restaurants

Construction on two new City of Falls Church restaurants will begin soon, according to the August 2015 Economic Development Office Business and Real Estate News Bulletin.

A new, name-yet-to-be-revealed Thai restaurant is coming to the former Curves location at 240 W. Broad St. The report says asbestos abatement for the space will begin soon which will be followed by buildout of the new restaurant.

And Koi Koi and Maneki Nekko are about to get some competition as Takumi, a new entry into The Little City sushi scene, is coming to the “Tulip Building” (it’s the one with Smashburger and Meat in a Box) in the 300 block of S. Washington St. Construction on the 1,223 square-foot space is currently pending, reports the Economic Development Office.

Falls Church’s 2941, TRIO Participating in Restaurant Week

summer-restaurantweek-logoMetropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is in full swing through Sunday, featuring three-course lunch and dinner meals for $22 and $35, respectively, at over 200 D.C.-area restaurants.

Just two Falls Church restaurants are participating in the Summer 2015 version of the event, 2941 and TRIO Grill, with 2941 offering both lunch and dinner specials and TRIO serving up only a dinner menu. 2941 is also extending its Restaurant Week specials through Friday, August 28.

TRIO Grill | 8100 Lee Highway | Falls Church | triomerrifield.com

2941 Restaurant | 2941 Fairview Park Drive | Falls Church | 2941.com