FOOD NEWS: Falls Church Loses 2 Chinese Restaurants, New Ramen on the Way


Ramen Restaurant Coming to Former Smashburger Space

A new ramen restaurant is coming to the former Smashburger location in Falls Church, the News-Press has learned.

An ABC notice for a wine and beer license in the window of the closed burger joint lists a restaurant with a trade name of Ramen Factory 42 and a notice appearing in the Washington Times last week details the full name “Yamato Ramen Factory 42” for the 308 S. Washington St. space.

Additionally, an online want ad for a “RF42” restaurant manager at the Falls Church location says cuisine will focus on “Japanese Ramen cooked from locally sourced products and sustainable ingredients with smaller sized plates, wine and beer.”

The City’s Economic Development Office told the News-Press they were told the restaurant is hoping for a November opening.


The Little City Loses 2 Chinese Delivery Restaurants

Two longtime Falls Church Chinese food restaurants have closed or have announced plans to close this month.

Chef Express, a mainstay in the West Falls Shopping Center for the past 25 years, is shuttering this weekend, the restaurant confirmed to the News-Press Wednesday. The last day of operation will be Sunday, Sept. 24.

And at the corner of S. Washington St. and W. Annandale Rd., Happy Family, open since 2001, is no more. In its place Silk Road has opened, a new restaurant specializing in Uyghur cuisine. The nascent delivery and carryout operation’s menu includes spicy lamb hoof, stir-fried tripe and Toksun-style fried noodles in addition to traditional Chinese dishes like fried rice, lo mein, beef and broccoli and more.